Plan a fall trip to Tims Ford Lake

Jack Daniel’s distillery and Tims Ford Lake share more in common than being six miles apart as the crow flies. Middle Tennessee’s Tims Ford shares a freshwater aquifer with Cave Spring Hollow, which famously serves as the spring-fed water source for the distillery in Lynchburg.

Whether or not you imbibe in the Tennessee whiskey, a family getaway to the area is worth the trip and especially in fall, when the hollows and hills are painted in shades of yellow, red and orange foliage. Amid that picturesque backdrop, you can tour scenic byways, take a tour of famous distilleries and of course, enjoy fishing on a 10,700-acre lake that is less pressured than larger impoundments in the region.

Plan your trip around these must-see destinations. Be flexible with your time; there are hidden travel treasures tucked away in the roads less traveled. Tims Ford is conveniently located between Interstates 24 and 65, providing direct access from Alabama and Georgia. Birmingham is just over two hours away, and Atlanta is about three hours from the lake.