Northern Tennessee Switchbacks

North of Wilder TN you come upon these wooded switchbacks. Click the photo for the Google map.
North of Wilder TN you come upon these wooded switchbacks. Click the photo for the Google map.

The Cumberland Mtn General Store / Diner is on US 127 in north central Tennessee.
The Cumberland Mtn General Store / Diner is on US 127 in north central Tennessee.

 

The Cumberland Mtn General Store and Rock-A-Billy Diner is between Knoxville and Nashville, north of I-40 on US 127. They host Friday night Cruise-ins during May thru October.  The 50's style diner serves old fashioned burgers, hotdogs, fish, fries, onion rings, milkshakes, hand-dipped ice cream and more! There's syrup flavors for your fountain drinks. Check their limited hours, especially on weekdays. See the menu here.

 

The Rock-A-Billy Diner at the Cumberland Mtn General Store in north central Tennessee.
The Rock-A-Billy Diner at the Cumberland Mtn General Store in north central Tennessee.

Off US 127 in north central Tennessee this 143 mile ride waits just north of I-40.
Off US 127 in north central Tennessee this 143 mile ride waits just north of I-40.

 

FREE Ride Maps at West Fork General Store, Alpine, TN

 

Go North of the switchbacks, also on our 140 mile route.  Charles Childers says on Facebook — "If you are ever in Alpine TN at the junction of TN85 and TN52 make sure you stop in and talk with the owner Kathy Smith; you won't meet a nicer business owner/lady/person. Kathy exemplifies country charm and kindness which seems to have been lost in society today, especially the big cities. While you're there, buy something, have a snack and/or a sandwich which Kathy will be glad to make for you.

The West Fork General Store is a rare gem I didn't think existed anymore. The West Fork General Store is also located on a superb motorcycle ride, "Aces and Eights" (best done in a clockwise direction) just north of Crossville TN. Kathy has plenty of maps provided by wildrides that illustrate the "Aces and Eights" ride as well as many others in NC, SC and TN.; the maps are available free along many popular motorcycle routes in these three states."

 

 https://www.facebook.com/pages/West-Fork-General-Store/137338292974878

 


Standing Stone State Park has campsites, cabins, and group lodges.

 

"The park has 36 campsites, each with grill, picnic table, water and electricity. There are also 17 historic WPA cabins and seven more modern cabins available that can be reserved up to a year in advance. All cabins are completely equipped for housekeeping including appliances, microwave oven, cooking utensils and linens. The park has three group lodges ranging in size and accommodations. 

The famous National Rolley Hole Marble Tournament is held here every September. The largest of its kind, the tournament has been an annual event at the park for more than 30 years. This traditional marbles contest draws some of the country’s best players to a tournament where players match wit and skills with special flint spheres on a smooth dirt surface. The festival includes kids’ games, marble making, swap meet, tournament play, demonstrations, music and food. (Registration is required for the Rolley Hole Tournament.) This one of a kind family experience has been featured by ESPN, Sports Illustrated, CBS, CNN, Smithsonian Institution, National Geographic and Charles Schulz's Peanuts comic strip. Watch the great video our friends at Wild SideTV made about this internationally recognized tournament."  http://tnstateparks.com/parks/about/standing-stone