The Tennessee Department of Tourist Development announces the launch of the Screaming Eagle Trail at 4:30 p.m. April 20 as part of the opening event at the award-winning Rivers & Spires Festival, 124 Strawberry Alley, Clarksville, Tn. 37040.
The 13th of 16 self-guided trails in the Discover Tennessee Trails and Byways program, the Screaming Eagle Trail travels 353 miles throughout Middle Tennessee. The event is free and open to the public.
The Screaming Eagle showcases attractions and cultural gems discovered in Benton, Cheatham, Davidson, Dickson, Houston, Humphreys, Montgomery and Stewart counties. Once on the trail, visitors begin in Nashville and head west to travel through Middle Tennessee’s history, landscape, music and cuisine with visits to cities such as Kingston Springs, Clarksville and Waverly. Along the way, the trail tells the story of charming small towns built by the iron industry in the 1800s and Tennessee women who have made their mark on history, including track star Wilma Rudolph, country music queen Patsy Cline and legendary basketball coach, Pat Summitt.
The trail features some of Tennessee’s best outdoor destinations, including Land Between the Lakes, Woodlands Trace National Scenic Byway and wooded state parks, urban green spaces and walking and hiking trails. For history lovers, the Screaming Eagle has quite the military history, from the legendary 101st Airborne at Fort Campbell to the Civil War stories of Fort Donelson National Battlefield.
The launch event begins at 4:30 p.m. with state and local officials, including representatives from the Tennessee Departments of Tourist Development and Transportation, participating.
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