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Outdoor Recreation
Outdoor Recreation

Spring through fall, visitors can picnic among the abundance of trees in the beautiful public parks and bike the nature trails at Barfield Crescent Park. Several public boat launches such as J. Percy Priest Lake and Long Hunter State Park provide gateways to some of the best catfish, crappie and bass fishing around.


In Rutherford County, we love any reason to party. In May, the award-winning JazzFest celebrates the smooth sounds of jazz on the Murfreesboro Downtown Square. In June, the International Folk Festival highlights culture with music, art and food. The Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival is a Southeast Tourism Society Top 20 event. This two-day festival brings entertainers, food vendors and artists from across the United States and world for an event like no other. Rutherford County offers visitors an opportunity for a great experience year-round.

Restaurants & Eateries
Restaurants & Eateries

Rutherford County has some of the finest dining in Tennessee. To say our food is "great," "wonderful" and "delightful" shortchanges the real taste explosions set off by such local restaurants as Five Senses, Demos', Miller's Grocery, Kleer-Vu Lunchroom, Toot's and Maple Street Grill, just to name a few. If you've never had hot-water cornbread, fried dill pickle chips or corn nuggets, these culinary treats by themselves are worth a visit to the area.

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Top Things to do in Rutherford County, Tennessee

Stand in the exact center of our great state at the stone obelisk in Murfreesboro, which marks Tennessee’s center point.
View some of the oldest known photographs of Murfreesboro at Bradley Academy Museum & Cultural Center.
View the World’s Largest Cedar Bucket at the historic Cannonsburgh Village in Murfreesboro.
Enjoy some of the best down-home cooking and bluegrass music while having dinner at Miller’s Grocery in Christiana.
Visit the state-of-the-art visitor center at Stones River National Battlefield, and find out if any of your family members gave their life during one of the bloodiest battles of the Civil War.
Experience the gracious living of the Old South at Oaklands Mansion as you go back in time and visit the elegant mansion that was host to Confederate President Jefferson Davis during the Civil War.
View the nation’s oldest intact Civil War monument at Stones River National Battlefield.
Follow a cedar-lined lane and be transported back to the early 1800s, where you will hear the story of the boy hero of the Civil War, Sam Davis, and visit his home located in Smyrna.
Watch and listen in amazement as national champions in old-time banjo, old-time buck dancing and old-time clogging entertain thousands at the Uncle Dave Macon Days Festival in Murfreesboro.
Visit a piece of the past still making history today at the Rutherford County Courthouse, one of only six pre-Civil-War courthouses in Tennessee still serving its original purpose today.

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