Best Things to Do Near Manchester, TN
Here in the foothills of Tennessee in the land we call Coffee County, there are so many things to do and see. We’ve rounded up the highlights of the best things to see near Manchester.
Old Stone Fort State Archaeological Park – only two miles from downtown Manchester, this 50-acre state park is the largest and most complex hilltop enclosure in the region. It contains a ceremonial site which was established roughly 2,000 years ago during the Middle Woodland Period, and used through the 5th century AD. It is a gorgeous area, featuring cascading waterfalls dropping off from the Highland Rim plateau. With trails, educational programs for kids, and events going on frequently, this is a great place to take the whole family.
Golfing – Old Stone Fort Golf Course has nine holes and is a great course for golfers of all abilities. It is also one of the most scenic in Tennessee, with otter, deer, and turtles keeping you company along the Duck River. Nearby WillowBrook Golf Club is one of the area’s best-kept secrets with 18 holes of pure golf heaven. This course does offer a membership but is also open to the public if you are just passing through.
Libations - Beans Creek Winery – located adjacent to Interstate 24, this is Manchester’s premier vineyard and a popular spot in an area loaded with tourism. Nine families banded together to create this fantastic vineyard and have brought local wine to the community since 2004. This winery is open to the public on weekends and weekdays when many of the other area shops are closed. They host several events throughout the season, including live music with food trucks.
George Dickel Tennessee Whisky – recently undergoing a name change to Cascade Hollow Distilling Co, this is well worth a trip “down to the holler” because the setting is just so darn charming, whether or not you are a whisky drinker! It has been around since prohibition, and here you will experience a true taste of bucolic life in rural Tennessee. If you are a connoisseur of this particular libation, hit the trio of Tennessee Whisky Trail stops.
Shopping – at Foothills Crafts & Gifts, take a piece of local culture home with you in this eclectic shop full of handmade goods. You’ll find everything from wire-wrapped jewelry and quilts to spices and jams. Sprout Children’s Shop is run by a mother-daughter team who saw the need to give the community quality kids’ apparel from such brands as Milkbarn and more, as well as a myriad of great stuffed toys.
The Mercantile is a down-home southern meat-and-three restaurant right on Manchester Square. A former antique store, a pair of sisters bought the property and reinvented it into the popular Manchester culinary destination it is today. Their traditional Southern menu always has rotating specials and an amazing dessert counter called Sweet Simplicity. Be sure to check their Facebook page for the latest days and hours of operation.
Festivals – the big Bonnaroo Festival is here and is on for September 2 – 5th! Local and international acts play here every year, with diverse music such as Grand Ole Opry performers, Foo Fighters, and Lana Del Rey, just to name a few. And while tickets may be sold out as of this writing, there are resale ticket opportunities if you just cannot miss it.
Stay with us at Manchester KOA – it is a great home base for your travels in Tennessee!