Old Tennessee Trail To Be ‘Picker’s Paradise’ In October

Thursday, October 4, 2012 - by Melanie Beauchamp

The back roads of Middle Tennessee will be a picker’s paradise again this fall when the Old Tennessee Trail — a loop running from Franklin to Mount Pleasant and back again — is transformed into an 84-mile yard sale, making it “the world’s roundest yard sale.”

The “Second Annual Old Tennessee Trail Yard Sale” kicks off at 8 a.m. CST on Oct. 12, and runs all day until the sun goes down on Oct. 14. Roadside finds will include antiques, furniture, farm tools, glassware, collectibles and even fresh produce.

The idea: Mix a little Tennessee pickin’ with a beautiful fall day, and you’ve got a homespun tourist attraction that will be an annual draw for the entire region.

“Pickin’ is a favorite pastime for people from all walks of life,” said Susan Whitaker, commissioner of the Tennessee Department of Tourist Development. “The Old Tennessee Trail Yard Sale is a great way to draw folks from across the region to see great bargains while enjoying one of the most scenic routes in America.”

The Old Tennessee Trail, which covers Williamson and Maury counties, features more than 80 points of interest including Civil War battlefields, historic landmarks, museums, restaurants and other attractions. The trail runs through more than a dozen communities including Franklin, Columbia, Mount Pleasant, Spring Hill and Thompson’s Station.

The Old Tennessee Trail is one of 16 regional trails that are part of the Discover Tennessee Trails & Byways.

Pickers who want to visit the Old Tennessee Trail Yard Sale can download a trail brochure and map, in PDF format, online at www.tntrailsandbyways.com. Or for more information, email the Downtown Leiper’s Fork Association, which is serving as the event organizer, at OTTrailYardSale@gmail.com.

For a complete list of events happening this fall or for more information, visit www.tnvacation.com , facebook.com/tnvacation, tnvacation.com/triptales/, or twitter.com/tnvacation/.



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