5 Things to Do This Weekend

A regional art show and a fall festival in Cowan, a guided day hike at Walls of Jericho, a benefit barn dance in Lynchburg, and live music at Bean’s Creek Winery … yeah there’s a lot to do this weekend from an appropriate social distance. {Photos Provided}

We get it. Everyone grows weary of being stuck inside. As fall approaches, there are lots of outdoor or small venue events happening in southern, middle Tennessee that present an opportunity to safely get out. So mask up, grab the hand sanitizer, stay six feet apart, wash your hands, and enjoy a little socially-distanced fun.

Regional Art Show in Cowan— It’s a real bummer. Due to increasing concerns about COVID-19, the Franklin County Arts Guild made the difficult decision to cancel its annual Arts & Ales fundraisers. No worries though, you can still support local artists with at their Regional Arts Show at the Artisan Depot. The show will run September 17-20 from 12-5 p.m. each day and will feature painting, sculpture, mixed media, photography, jewelry, and more for southern, middle Tennessee artists. For more information, click here.

Fall Heritage Festival in Cowan — Each third weekend in September folks gather in the charming hamlet of Cowan to celebrate life at the foothills of the Cumberland Plateau. It combines the history of the area with live music, and art for a fun kick off to the fall season. This year will feature fireworks, food trucks, art and crafts, arts demonstrations, a composting workshop, live music, and more. Due to COVID-19 restrictions, there won’t be a kid’s zone, beauty pageant, cruise-in, or living history events this year. For more information, vist their website by clicking here.

Hike at Walls of Jericho in Franklin County — Located around 12 miles from Winchester, the Walls of Jericho sits just along the Tennessee Alabama state line. The “walls” refer to the impressive geological feature that forms a large bowl-shaped amphitheater with steep 200-foot sheer rock. Water drains through the wall creating a unique water feature. On Saturday, Alpha Expeditions will lead hikers through this iconic landscape on a day hike begging at 8 a.m. It’s a seven mile hike through some difficult terrain but worth the effort. To reserve your spot, click here.

Barn Dance to Benefit HorsePlay — Looking to a fun, small town night out for a good cause with plenty of social distancing measure baked into the event. Come check out the Swing and Sway for Hors Play Barn Dance in Wiseman Park in Lynchburg on September 19 at 6 p.m. Tullahoma’s South Jackson Street Band will play live music. The event will also feature a live auction, door prize drawing, and concessions. According to event organizers, the dance will practice social distancing protocols and follow CDC guidelines throughout the event. To read out full coverage, click here.

Live Music at Bean’s Creek Winery — Grab your quaranteam and some lawn chairs and enjoy the End of Summer Party at Bean’s Creek Winery in Manchester. Utopia will provide the rump-shaking live music and there will be food trucks. No outside alcohol is allowed but they will service wine slushees and Old She’d beer. The fun starts at 7 p.m. on Saturday. Click here for more details. •

{The Lynchburg Times is an independently owned and operated newspaper that publishes new stories every morning. Covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}

Hike where Davy Crockett once did at Walls of Jericho

Check out spring fed rivers, caves, natural rock formations, and waterfalls at the Walls of Jericho Guided Hike on Saturday. {Photo Provided}

The Paint Rock River flows to your left as a Ruffed Grouse ducks behind a large Eastern Red Cedar. You can hear – but not yet see – a waterfall and smell the mossy, earthy dirt of a hidden cave. Legend holds that Davy Crockett once hunted these grounds and maybe stood exactly where you are standing. This will be the scene on Saturday, March 14 during a guided hike at the Walls of Jericho located along the Tennessee, Alabama line near Franklin County. Click here for complete details.

Originally owned by Texas oil magnate Harry Lee Center, the Nature Conservancy purchased the land in 2004. It now exists as 21,543 acres of protected land with history dating back to the 1700’s. According to area historians, Davy Crockett once explored the land when his family owned property nearby. In the 1800’s, a traveling preacher who performed baptisms in the Turkey Creek gave the area its biblical name.

It’s a picturesque piece of property with several unique features. The area contains the highest concentration of caves in the U.S. It’s also home to dozens of waterfalls nestled along gorgeous rocky bluffs. The “walls” are the result of the large, bowl-shaped natural amphitheater that gives rise to steep, 200-foot sheer rock walls.

The guided hike takes place on March 14 beginning at 8 a.m. Hikers should meet at the Walls of Jericho trailhead located at Estillfork, Alabama about 45 minutes from Franklin County. The estimated seven mile hike can be challenging. Leashed dogs are welcome. You can anticipate spring fed rivers, caves, natural rock formations, and waterfalls. Guides will also discuss Speleogenesis (cave formation) and offer both a day or overnight hike option.

There is a chance of heavy rain on Saturday. You can monitor the event’s Facebook page for up-to-the-event information or find a ticket link. •

{The Lynchburg Times is the only independently owned and operated newspaper in Moore County … covering Metro Moore County government, Jack Daniel’s Distillery, Nearest Green Distillery, Tims Ford State Park, Motlow State Community College, Moore County High School, Moore County Middle School, Lynchburg Elementary, Raider Sports, plus regional and state news.}