Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee – Small Town With Grand Charm

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If you’re enjoying all the wonderful outdoor adventures that the Natchez Trace Parkway has to offer and want to take a break from hiking and camping, then you should head into Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee and be charmed by this small Southern town.

Where is Leiper’s Fork, Tennessee?

Leiper’s Fork is an adorable rural village located in Williamson County, Tennessee on the Natchez Trace Parkway.  Just one mile off the Trace, you’ll run into this town and miss it in the same second if you’re not paying attention.

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What is the Natchez Trace?

This was an important travel route for Native Americans and early European-American settlers and the are was settled in the late 1700s.  This trail is over 400 miles long and was the same trail that Meriweather Lewis, of Lewis and Clark, died on in 1809.

While the existing Trace is about a mile away, the Old Natchez ran straight through the center of town.

 What’s the story behind Leiper’s Fork?

Leiper’s Fork was settled in the late 1700s by pioneers from North Carolina and Virginia.  The village, which includes late 19th century buildings, is a Registered National Historic District.  These historic buildings and homes have been transformed into restaurants, antique shops, gift shops and galleries.

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Is there really anything to do in Leiper’s Fork?

One of the best places to eat in Williamson County and the Greater Nashville area was started in Leiper’s Fork – Puckett’s Grocery & Market.  What started in 1953 has evolved into 4 local stores – the original here, two in Franklin and one in Nashville.  Live music, award-winning Southern cuisine, and desserts to die for are what you’ll find here.

There are a few other options to eat here – Country Boy Restaurant and Joe’s Natural Farm Store & Cafe.

The Fork offers a unique shopping experience including antiques that are several hundred years old, one-of-a-kind furniture, fine art, specialty food, and rare books.

My personal favorite would, of course, be Yeoman’s in the Fork – one of the South’s finest rare book galleries.

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Leiper’s Fork offers many events throughout the year including live music on an almost nightly basis, art shows, and outdoor movies during the summer.

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What about you?  Do you prefer big cities or small towns?  Does this like somewhere you’d like to spend an afternoo

This Post Has 43 Comments

  1. I go for the charm of small towns when I travel. Especially in the US where everything can seem homogenized, the character of small towns can really accentuate our regional differences.

  2. I love finding amazing small towns as I travel. Probably helps since I grew up in a small town and it reminds me of home!

  3. Calli

    Is that the General Lee from Dukes of Hazard and what is it’s story? Great post and thanks for hosting! πŸ™‚

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      It sure is indeed Calli! This is one of the cars that was used in filming! πŸ™‚

  4. Rachel

    You won me at the mention of rare books…

  5. Corinne

    What an adorable place. I love small town America.

  6. Ming

    I’m much more a of city person but love the occasional visit to a small town. I love the fairs, trying restaurants well-known by locals, and even the farmers markets seem to have more charm than the ones I’ve been to in a big city. Great reading about this place!

  7. I love your posts Ashley. They make me want to grab a car and cruise around the Southern US. This one looks like a great find, really showing how diverse the US are. Thanks and happy easter!

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      Thanks Margherita! I hope you get to do a Southern US trip – it really would be an amazing trip!

  8. Caitlyn

    I am a big city person but I do love little driving holidays when you get to stop off in lots of little places you wouldn’t necessarily have ever heard about. A big road trip of the American South is definitely on my list for next year!

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      An American South road trip would be a fantastic idea! I hope you get to do it πŸ™‚

  9. Birgit

    I would definitely want to stop there and take in the charm of this place. The one car in the first picture looks like Burt Reynolds will hop into it any time soon and take off with Sally Field:)

  10. That car from the Dukes of Hazard was the first thing I noticed in your photos. I’m very bad about rushing through the small towns during road trips trying to push through until we reach our destination. Leipers Fork does look like a charming town that’d be good for a lunch break and some walking around before hopping back into the car.

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      I love that everyone knew the car without me saying what it was from…this is one of the ones that was used during filming πŸ™‚

  11. Oh I love small little towns just like this! I enjoy a city but it’s this quaint historic areas that catch my interest the most. The view outside Puckets Grocery, with all the bikes, reminds me of Alice’s Restaurant here by me. You know it’s a great place to hang out when there’s always crowds of bikes out front. Fun place to read about.

  12. Dave Cole

    Looks like the perfect day trip, as it has live music, good food and history. The next time I’m in the area this could be a great option.

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      You should check it out Dave…very relaxing place! πŸ™‚

  13. I could VERY easily spend an arvo there. I love big cities, but small towns are a great way to relax and step back in time.

    1. Ashley Hubbard

      I couldn’t argee with you more…I’ll take you when you come to visit πŸ™‚

  14. Stacey Veikalas

    Oh I love small towns and they never get any love or great write ups! I am from Colorado, and went to college in NC I know how cool small towns can really be! Very fun, would love to see this place and love the history of the Indians and how it was settled! Thanks for sharing!

  15. Lauren

    Oh, I’m definitely a small town girl at heart! This town is really adorable! I love how charming these small places are, each with their own history and local events! That book store sounds great!

  16. Lisa

    Small town, big city…I like it all. It depends on what I am interested at the time I am choosing a destination. I love history, so historic things are always fun.

  17. Katrina

    I prefer small towns for living, but enjoy bigger ones for travels. Leiper’s Fork looks lovely!

  18. Sharon

    It looks like a very cute little town!!

    I am definitely a city slicker. Somewhere like this would just be an afternoon stop for me πŸ™‚

  19. Bryna

    I love how the village has so much charm and character! Would love to visit if I’m ever in the area.

  20. Angela Travels

    I prefer small towns probably because I am from one. I like all the old and new combined and the people and stories you learn while visiting. Is there a Dukes of Hazard story behind the one pictures?

  21. frankaboutcroaria

    Leiper’s Fork looks like a place I could enjoy a lot. I have a weakness for the small, charminf towns. And the ones having a word fork in the name seem simply irresistable :). Thanks for the tips, Ashley!

  22. I’m definitely a big city person, but something is to be said of these smaller towns and villages. I love how quaint everything is. I think I would enjoy wandering around here.

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