ROCK ISLAND (PICTURED)
It took me about 3 times going to Rock Island before I saw most of what Rock Island offers. After the third time, I finally feel like I've explored most of the area of Rock Island and can say that this is easily one of my top must-see places in Tennessee. Just take your swim trunks, waterproof shoes, and lunch, and make a day of it.
Greeter Falls is the lesser known swimming hole, that is easily one of my favorite waterfalls. It's a short hike with a great swimming hole and cliff jump, and you can easily have a good time cooling off without the crowds.
FALL CREEK FALLS
Fall Creek Falls is one of the tallest waterfalls in the Eastern US and is part of the largest Tennessee State Park. I recommend spending some time around Cane Creek falls then take the Cable Trail to Fall Creek Falls. There are multiple falls in the area including Piney Falls, Cane Creek Falls and Cane Creek Cascades, so you could spend plenty of time in the area.
NARROWS OF THE HARPETH
There's nothing else like it in Middle Tennessee. Watching the sunrise over a farm from a bluff doesn't get much better than this.
NACHEZ TRACE PARKWAY BRIDGE
The beautiful rural scenery continues as our tour of Nashville goes to show off brilliant architecture and beauty at the Natchez Trace Parkway Bridge. It's also worth a trip to Loveless Cafe to stop for breakfast on the way back to town for some life changing biscuits (expect a wait...this place is popular)
CORNEILA FORT AIRPARK (PICTURED)
141 acres of abandoned airpark including runways and hangers have made a great place for locals to hang out. Cornelia Fort Airpark was acquired by Shelby Park in 2011 and is open for public to run, bike, or even picnic. The hangers are now bolted shut, but used to make for some awesome photos before people started being hooligans. You can still access the outdoor space, runway included.
What do a pool, a bowling alley, a coffee shop, a bar, and a restaurant have in common? Pinewood Social. The first social of it's kind in Nashville, from the creative minds at Strategic Hospitality. They've created the hippest hangout that I've ever seen serving up some of Nashville's best food and drinks.
If I could describe Marathon Village in one word, it would be "character." What used to be an automobile factory, is now home to many local shops including Mike Wolfe's Antique Archaeology, Corsair Distillery, The Soda Parlor, Safehouse Tattoo, and plenty of artist studio spaces. Spend an hour on the Corsair Distillery tour and try all their award winning spirits.
Broadway has it's own ecosystem apart from Nashville that locals used to avoid, but it's charm and revitalization are attracting more and more people (including locals...sometimes). Every Honky Tonk on the strip features live music and cheap drinks to take you to the next level. Check out Robert's Western World and Acme Feed & Seed. Things to avoid: Pedal Taverns, horse shit, cowboy boots and bachelorette parties.