Old Covered Bridge in nearby Bean Blossom
which is also the home of the annual
Bill Monroe Blue Grass Festival in September
and many other music festivals.
Big Woods Brewery on Molly Lane in Nashville makes their own micro-brewed beers and offers excellent food and music! It's also worth checking out for the decor and massive wood beam construction.
Brown County State Park which is ten minutes away (4 miles) has mountain bike trails ranging from easy beginner to hair raising nationally rated expert trails!
This trail is pretty easy... just don't make a wrong turn and end up on an expert trail unless you're really in shape and have the right bike!
Salt Creek Road where our farmhouse is located also attracts bicyclists because of its twists, turns and hills but it's not for rookies!
There is also horse back riding in Nashville at Schooner Valley Stables.
There are numerous artist's and craftsmen's studios in the area. Cox Creek Mill, is a mile or so away off Annie Smith Road featuring the Metal Artwork of Brad Cox, and Faerie Hollow Pottery & Jewelry is a mile south of Salt Creek Farmhouse at 1650 Salt Creek Road.
ATV riding, mountain biking, aerial tours and paint balling is available at Valley Branch Retreat, nine miles (15 minutes) away.
Located about five miles north of Salt Creek Farm House, Whip-poor-will Woods' is 858 Acres of rolling hills, deep ravines, narrow ridges and in the spring you're likely to hear the "charming" song of the Whip-poor-will.
The Whip-poor-will Woods' is owned and
managed by the Division of Nature Preserves. It consists of
moderate to rugged terrain moves with no formally established trails on the preserve at this time, so be careful as you hike.
How to find it....
From the Salt Creek Farm House, go 3.5 miles north on Salt Creek Road to Gatesville, turn right at the intersection and make an immediate left onto Sweetwater Trail. After approximately 3/4 of a mile and turn right on Persimmon Ridge Road (a dead end) and at the top of the hill where the road curves, look for the single-car pulloff on the right side of the road. Please do not trespass on any adjoining properties!
Whip-poor-will Woods is characterized by; sumac, sassafras, red maple, broomdsedge, black oak and ash, as well as by wildflowers, such as; showy orchids, trilliums, Mayapple, twinleaf and white and purple violets. The woods are also home to the rare whorled pogonia, a rare and threatened orchid that only blooms every 10-20 years. The southern portion of the woods is made of a mature climax forest that includes chestnut, hickories, beech, sugar maple, tulip, white ash and red, black and white oak.
Animals that inhabit the woods include; coyotes, gray and red foxes, eastern box turtles, deer and Wild Turkey. Smaller mammals, snakes, skinks, and fence lizards have also been spotted. The large, un-broken forest area on the eastern boundary is critical habitat to Scarlet Tanagers, Rose-breasted Grosbeaks, Ovenbirds, various species of warblers and many other speices of birds, reptiles and mammals that need the woodland in order to survive.