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The Ultimate Sumner County Spring Break Guide

The winter is creeping further and further away while the warmer weather and sunshine are coming to stay! Spring in Sumner County is a magical time filled with popular events, must-visit waterfront dining destinations, on-the-water adventures, and so much more! Just wait until you see the Running of the Sheep! Start planning your Spring Break in Sumner County with our Spring Break Guide to have the ultimate Spring Break in Sumner County. 

Book a Stay in History

Historic Stonewall

Historic Stonewall has been continuing its historic timeline in Sumner County since 1831. The home has been a staple in Sumner County and used for many different purposes throughout its history including a dormitory, the primary residence of religious leaders and early Tennessee collegiate institution founders. Today, the nearly 200-year-old home stands firm in the heart of Gallatin and is available to book as an Airbnb for any lucky guest! Booking this unique destination gives you full access to the entire house including the backyard gardens and patio. The perfect way to end any spring day in Sumner County. 

Adventure on the Historic Downtown Gallatin Square

a person resting on a bench in Downtown Gallatin

The Historic Downtown Gallatin Square is recognized by guests’ time and time again as a must-visit destination. The square is home to cozy corner coffee shops, a variety of restaurants that please any type of palate, beautiful boutiques, and unique shops only found in Sumner County. The bloom of the trees surrounding the downtown square and hanging plants that spring to green is a spectacle that adds the perfect touch of color to a sunny spring day. 

Celebrate the season at the Running of the sheep

Sheep at Long Hollow Gardens Running of the Sheep

An anticipated yearly event that captivates crowds is the annual Running of the Sheep at Long Hollow Gardens. This event is a celebration of the hard work of the Katahdin Sheep who naturally sustain the over 2000 French Hybrid vines that produce all the grapes used in the 100% homegrown, award-winning Long Hollow Garden wines. Using the flock of Katahdin Sheep allows for the natural growth of the vines without the use of harsh GMO chemicals. This celebration marks the beginning of the season for Long Hollow Gardens as their flock returns to the lower vineyards guided by horseback. The event includes animal meet and greets, live brass music, and much more! 

Get in touch with nature

People hiking at Bledsoe Creek State Park

A Sumner County local best-kept secret is Bledsoe Creek State Park in Gallatin. This state-recognized park boasts numerous adventures and activities for any level of adventure seeker. Enjoy a night under the stars from any of the 68 campsites with amenities, three hammock-only primitive sites, or two group camping sites. Take charge on the four miles of scenic walking trails that intertwines within the forest. One mile of the trails is paved. It is accessible to people with disabilities, which allows everyone to connect with nature. You can also access Old Hickory Lake from multiple locations within the park, making for a day of fun on land and on the water.

Enjoy Old Hickory Lake Day or night

Glow in the dark kayak on Old Hickory Lake

Prefer the water over land? Old Hickory Lake provides a blend of ways to enjoy your time on the water during the day and even at night. Get Up and Go Kayaking-Old Hickory Lake is the only clear kayak tour in Tennessee! Their expert guides travel with guests along Old Hickory Lake, educating them on the natural beauty and wilderness of the lake. For an even more unique experience, reserve your spot on the glowing clear kayak sunset tour to experience a front row seat to a southern sunset right from your own glowing kayak. 


tAke a walk on the Sanders Ferry Greenway

The Sanders Ferry Greenway in Hendersonville is a new way to enjoy your Spring Break adventure while taking in the beautiful sights of Old Hickory Lake. With its completion in February, the new walkway offers travelers a fun way to explore Old Hickory Lake and Sanders Ferry Park while passing some of Hendersonville’s newer and traditional dining destinations. Walk, bike, or lead your furry friend down the paved and wooden paths on the edges of Old Hickory Lake encompassed on the trail by a canopy of trees, local outdoor enthusiasts, and newfound friends. 

Travel through History

A actor relaxing on a cannon in Sumner County

The history and creation of Tennessee runs through Sumner County. From the first rendering of the state map of Tennessee to the first courthouse where former President Andrew Jackson first practiced law, Tennessee history is Sumner County history. Visit all the historical sites as they open for the season on April 6th-7th at the Historic Sites Kickoff! This celebration is to ring in the season and open the historic sites for guests to visit and explore. Participating historic sites will have interactive activities including period dressed guides, live period music, tours and more.  

Step into the soles of Tennessee’s early settlers and frontiersmen at Heritage Days in Goodlettsville from April 23rd-25th! This event brings a day of fun activities with interactions of period dressed figures showcasing the skills needed to survive in the early settler days of Tennessee. Activities include woodworking, blacksmithing, cooking, leathermaking and working with fibers. Bring a blanket and enjoy lunch on the grounds of Moss Wright Park, where Mansker’s Station & the Bowen House are located. Fun Fact: many believe the son of Captain William Bowen, Samuel Bowen, was the inspiration behind the character Tom Sawyer from Mark Twain’s ‘Adventures of Huckleberry Finn’. 

Walk the streets at Squarefest

SquareFest in Gallatin during the Spring

A Spring Break in Sumner County isn’t complete without finding your souvenir to take back home from SquareFest in Gallatin. SquareFest is the welcoming of Spring in Sumner County with over 30,000 of your friends walking the streets of Downtown Gallatin with you. Search from the over 200 vendors that line the streets of Downtown Gallatin for your Spring Break treasure from Sumner County. Don’t worry, all the delicious shops found on the Gallatin Square will be open and ready to serve you throughout the day. Stay a little later and find secret events being held by shops on the square for even more SquareFest fun. 

Pick Berries at The Middle tennessee strawberry festival

The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival is a family fun event that is celebrating its 83rd year. Portland’s claim to fame of being the “Strawberry capital of the world”, came from the surplus of farmers growing the fresh fruit in the area. Businesses and industries relied on Portland’s sweet berries for their recipes of national delights like ice cream and strawberry short cake.

The Middle Tennessee Strawberry Festival is a spectacle that families from all over travel to. The two-day event includes live music, food specials, a carnival, parade, multiple local and regional vendors, and of course, all the strawberries one can eat. The festival will take place on May 10-11, 2024. 

A Spring getaway in Sumner County is just the break you need to recharge. There are so many different ways to enjoy the season while staying in Sumner County besides our curated list. Visit our events page to start planning your Spring Break getaway in Sumner County. 

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