The best places to visit in Columbia, TN this summer
As temperatures climb up in Columbia, Tennessee, the conditions just beg for seasonal activities that will get you exploring our community’s incredible offerings and beautiful environments. If you’re looking for something fun to fill your summer days, our team at Stan McNabb Chevrolet of Columbia has several suggestions for great places to visit in the local area.
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
The Stillhouse Hollow Falls is a state natural area encompassing 90 acres, but it’s best known for the Stillhouse Hollow Falls from which it gets its name. You can access the falls via a short two-thirds-mile trail. The falls plunge 75 feet to a deep hollow nestled in a canopy of sycamores, white oaks, sugar maples, and tulip poplars. When parking is full, visitors are not permitted to leave their cars in non-designated spots, so be sure to head over early. The best time for a summer visit to the falls is on a light-traffic weekday.
First Fridays on The Square
Head to the Town Square in Downtown Columbia on the first Friday of any month for an exciting experience. Between 5 p.m. and 8 p.m., the Square comes to life with musicians and food trucks. Local retailers stay open late and pop-up vendors offer special goods you may not find in the Square otherwise. While this event takes place all year long, the summer months are some of the most fun thanks to the warm weather and late evening sunlight.
Chickasaw Trace Park
Chickasaw Trace Park covers more than 240 acres and offers an abundance of amenities perfect for summer fun. You can take younger children to the playground or entertain older kids and children-at-heart with the pump and jump track, radio control car track, and radio control flight field. There are two pavilions perfect for picnicking as well as convenient restroom facilities. If you enjoy mountain biking, you’ll find nine miles of trails at your disposal. A boat ramp also offers easy access to the beautiful Duck River.
Keg Springs Winery
From April through October, Keg Springs Winery hosts live music on the deck on the second and fourth Saturdays of the month. Settle in with a bottle of your favorite wine and take in the tunes from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The tasting room also offers free tastings between 11 a.m. and 5 p.m. every day, so you’ll have ample opportunity to find your new favorite if you’re not familiar with the winery’s selection.
In the summer months, you can order a wine slush to help you cool off. Cheese and crackers are available as well, so you’ll have everything you need for a satisfying afternoon.
Hattie Jane’s Creamery
Hattie Jane’s Creamery is a Columbia staple you must include on your summer itinerary. The decadent flavors here come from small batches featuring an ice cream base made with local Tennessee milk. The menu features both seasonal flavors and go-to classics. You can find favorites any time of the year, like Nana Puddin’ with bananas, marshmallow fluff, and vanilla wafers, or Honeycomb featuring honeycomb candy, marshmallow fluff, and cacao nibs.
When you need an extra kick of energy to get you through your busy summer schedule, go for the Mulekick. This coffee flavor is steeped in Muletown Roasted Coffee beans sourced right from Columbia. Hattie Jane’s Creamery also offers gluten-free options and a signature vegan flavor, so guests with food restrictions or preferences can get a treat alongside everyone else.
Hardison Mill Homestead Hall
Country singer-songwriter Rory Feek purchased the Hardison Mill Homestead in 1999 using royalties from his first recorded song. The historic 1870 farmhouse was in poor repair, but it’s since gained new life as a thriving homestead dedicated to sustainable living practices.
Homestead Hall was originally a 40- by 70-foot barn for storing farm equipment. It then transitioned into a studio for Joey and Rory Feek’s show and other television specials. Now it serves as a concert and private event venue where you can catch shows like Rory Feek’s Home Concerts. Wade Hayes will play at the venue on July 17, offering the perfect opportunity to drop in for a summer concert.
The Hardison Mill property will also host the Homestead Festival between June 3-4. This event will bring speakers and educators dedicated to teaching attendees about living a sustainable, purposeful life. It will also include live music from Rory Feek himself, alongside Kevin Costner and Modern West, The Isaacs, and Brotherly Love.
Muletown Rec Pools
No summer is complete without a dip in the pool. Muletown Rec features an indoor pool for year-round use, plus an outdoor pool and splash pad that’s perfect for the warm weather months. The outside pool and splash pad are open on Saturdays from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. and Sundays from 1 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Muletown Rec also hosts a swim school that’s ideal for kids who need to build their skills in the water. The Red Fins class teaches basic skills like floating, blowing bubbles, and submerging the face in the water. Yellow Fins are the next step up, teaching kids how to kick, rotate arms, and do the backstroke. Green Fins work on breaststroke, butterfly stroke, and diving. These classes are available to both members and non-members.
Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market
The Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market is open seasonally from June through September. Limited vendors are also available earlier and later in the season, running from May through October. At the farmers’ market, you can pick up an abundance of local delights including produce, eggs, honey, pasture-raised meats, cut flowers, and more. Artisan products include hand-crafted jams, soaps, and baked goods. Whether you’re interested in building a bouquet or sampling rare heirloom vegetables, you’ll find just what you’re looking for at this market.
The Columbia Farmers’ Fresh Market features all vendors on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to noon. Select vendors are also on hand on Tuesday and Thursday during the peak June to September season.
These are our favorite picks for warm-weather fun. Do you have a favorite summer destination in Columbia that we missed? Contact our team at Stan McNabb Chevrolet of Columbia and let us know. We want to make sure we’re always offering our customers the best recommendations in the area.