Maury County has so much to offer and the surrounding areas are no exception. There are days when the road calls and a change of scenery is just what the doctor ordered. The Growing Up Maury team has chosen some of our favorite day trips. Some are free, some paid and all you’ll able to do in a day or even an afternoon. While this list is by no means exhaustive, we hope it gives you a jumping off point.
*For Mileage, we used Downtown Columbia as the starting point.
14 miles northwest of Columbia.
Great lake for fishing. Boats can be rented from concession building.
Concessions are open from March 1 – October 31.
The only bathrooms at the lake are inside, so plan accordingly with young children.
Baker Bluff to Jackson Falls
19 miles northwest of Columbia
This is a great trail for wheelchairs and strollers.
It’s 1.1 miles out and back and includes plenty of scenery and waterfalls. Leashed dogs are also welcome.
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
21 miles southwest of Columbia
Loop trail approx 1 mile to see a beautiful waterfall with a 75 foot drop.
Kid friendly and leashed dogs welcome. It does get busy on the weekends when weather is nice.
Waterfall Trail and David Crockett State Park
41 miles southwest of Columbia
This trail is located at David Crockett State Park.
2.9 miles out and back on a trail that is heavily trafficked and listed as moderately difficult.
There is a lake and ends at the waterfalls. Leashed dogs are welcome.
Tullahoma – 62 miles southeast of Columbia
Located on private property and open from dawn to dusk.
Rutledge Falls is 40 feet high and the water is COLD.
It gives a refreshing break in the summer. Please note it can be hard to find and parking is on the street.
There is an area for picnicing outside the entrance to the trail to the falls.
U.S. Space & Rocket
Huntsville, AL 76 miles south of Columbia
The U.S. Space & Rocket Center in Huntsville, Alabama is a museum operated by the government of Alabama, showcasing rockets, achievements, and artifacts of the U.S. space program. Times of operation and cost vary depending on the time of year.
Rock Island State Park
99 miles east of Columbia
Rock Island State Park is an 883 acre park located on the headwaters of Center Hill Lake at the confluence of the Caney Fork, Collins and Rocky Rivers. The rugged beauty of the park includes the Caney Fork Gorge below Great Falls Dam. These overlooks are some of the most scenic and significant along the Eastern Highland Rim. Great Falls is a 30 foot
horseshoe cascading waterfall, located below the 19th century cotton textile mill that it powered over 100 years ago. Rock Island became a Tennessee State Park in 1969.
1900 Mammoth Cave Rd
Park City, KY
Is about 132 miles north of Columbia.
Located adjacent to Mammoth Cave National Park, a World Heritage Site and International Biosphere Reserve, Diamond Caverns abounds in natural beauty.