Cookeville voted best small city in TN to visit in the fall by Travel Mag

Red Silo – It is beer o’clock at Red Silo Brewing Co. in Cookeville (Photo: Tennessee Dept. of Tourist Development)

Cookeville – Waking up to dew drenched, freshly fallen leaves is becoming the norm once again. The sun is setting earlier, and the sunsets are glowing a different shade of orange. Football stadiums glow and roar on Friday nights and Cookeville’s downtown sidewalks are getting busier and busier.

In the fall, the city becomes a hub and an awesome way to experience the season. From the growing culinary scene with 100 restaurants and breweries to the recently held “Air Show” at the airport, and the spelunking opportunities in the many caves cut deep into rolling hills, Cookeville has become a destination location more than just a place to stop and fill up on the way to the smokies.

Recently, Travel Mag took notice and named Cookeville to their list of best small cities to visit during Fall in the Southern U.S. Cookeville was the only TN town to make the cut.

“Charm and historical heritage make Cookeville stand out from the other small cities surrounding Nashville,” noted Travel Mag. “Foodies can also grab one of “Tennessee’s Best Donuts” at Ralph’s Donut Shop. To burn off the calories from all the delicacies, Cookeville has established itself as a destination for fitness tourism. Cummins Falls, Fall Creek Falls, and Burgess Falls State Park all provide access to hiking trails for hikers, bikers, climbers and horseback riders.”

Small town charm was also an important factor, according to Travel Mag. Only cities with a population of under 100,000 were considered, and they selected only one city per southern state.

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Ron Moses is the managing editor of the Upper Cumberland Business Journal and can be reached via email. Send an email.

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