||This beautiful area is best known for outdoor activities hiking, canoeing, birding, kayaking, hunting, boating and fishing. Plus historic attractions like the Natchez Trace Parkway, Shiloh Battlefield, Loretta Lynns Ranch (Coal Miners Daughter), Meriwether Lewis Monument, & more.
Clifton Marina is a full service marina to meet all of your boating needs. It also has two pontoon boats for daily rental. A great way to spend a family outing on the river.
T. S. Stribling Museum - Thomas Sigmund (T. S.) Stribling won the Pulitzer Prize in 1933 his novel, The Store. The Stribling home has been turned into a Museum and Library. On August 30, 2013 a new exhibit, These Hills Once Spoke: The Life and Legacy of T. S. Stribling was dedicated at the museum. Open by appointment only see your Innkeepers for Information.
Water Street - along the River is listed as a Historic District by the National Park Service - National Historic Places, as well as the Presbyterian Chuch on Main Street
We are about a one block walk from Main Street - there are various shops , restaurants and River Front Parks to explore.
Surrounding Area to Clifton
Within a short drive of Clifton are several interesting things to see. (Within 50-mile radius)
Shiloh National Military Park in Shiloh, Tennessee "No soldier who took part in the two-day engagement in Shiloh ever spoiled for a fight again, said one Union veteran." Shiloh Battlefield commemorates the April 1862 battle in Tennessee. The Shiloh National Park is a 4200-acre area dedicated to this April battle and also has another 21 acres in Corinth, Mississippi. Within the park are several Indian mounds. Within some of the mounds are remains of buildings from about 800 years ago.
Pickwick Dam and State Park : Pickwick was a riverboat stop dating from the 1840's. In the 1930's the Tennessee Valley Authority chose the site as one of the dams on the Tennessee River. The dam and state park has many outdoor activities throughout the year.
Bonnie Blue Farm located out of Waynesboro, TN is the only goat cheese dairy farm in Tennessee. It is the gourmet cheese provider for 5-star restaurants throughout the state of Tennessee. Bonnie Blue Farms is a working goat farm and produces award winning Famstead Goat Cheese from Nubian and Saanen dairy goats. Tours are available with a two-day notice. Contact the farm at 931-722-4628 or at bonniebluefarm.com.
Tennessee River Museum Located in Savannah, TN - the museum tells the story of the lower Tennessee River Valley through seven permanent exhibits and other activities for children and adults alike.
Cherry Mansion Mr. Cherry was a prominent citizen of Savannah, TN and a strong supporter of the Union and had strong pro-union views. Mr. Cherry's wife and family were very pro-confederate. Many families had opposing views and loyalties during the Civil War. Mr. Cherry opened his home to the Union army and became headquarters for General Grant. Even during these troubled times, the Cherry home was still a place for many social events. General Grant and others were often in the Cherry home. Knowing the views and loyalties of Mrs. Cherry and her family, General Grant would take off his Union coat while in their company. Tours are available
The Tennessee Civil War Trails winds it way through the cities, towns and countryside of middle and western Tennessee. Several areas of interest include the Shiloh Civil War Battlefield in Shiloh, TN, and Cherry Mansion in Savannah, TN, which General Grant used as his headquarters.
Clifton is one of the stops on the Tennessee Civil War Trails. In December 1862, Confederate General Nathan Bedford Forrest conducted a raid in the Clifton area. Later Union forces occupied Clifton and burned the town. The current Presbyterian Church was used by the Union Army as a hospital and escaped devastation. The front of the church still bears the scars of where Union soldiers pulled out part of the brick wall to enlarge the front opening. One can still see where the cannonballs hit the church.
Helen Keller's Birthplace - Helen Keller was born in 1880 in Tuscumbia, AL at the home place called Ivy Green. At the age of 19 months, Helen was diagnosed with a serious disease that left her both deaf and blind. In 1887 her teacher, Anne Sullivan, had a breakthrough that led to Helen living a very productive life. Tours are available daily for both her birthplace and the cottage where she and Anne shared for many years. More information on the life of Helen Keller along with tour information is available at Helenkellerbirthplace.org.
Rattlesnake Saloon- Also located in the Tuscumbia, AL area is the Rattlesnake Saloon. This unique bar/restaurant was built up under a bluff with seating in a large cave and on top of the bluff. It's a one-of-a-kind experience out in the country far from any big cities. The food is great and affordable. Usually you can catch a band playing in the cave area at night. The saloon is open only on Thursday, Friday, and Saturday. For more information: rattlesnakesaloon.net.
Tom Hendrix's Wall of Tears - Located 8 miles outside of Florence, AL off the Natchez Trace is Tom Hendrix's Wall of Tears built stone by stone in honor of his great-great grandmother. She was part of the group of Native Americans making the trip to OK along the Trail of Tears.
Tennessee Safari Park - With it's opening in 2007, the Tennessee Safari Park outside of Jackson, TN has become one of mid-south's most popular destinations. With more than 400 animals representing over 100 rare and endangered species, the Tennessee Safari Park demonstrates the importance of the preservation of our wildlife through conservation and education. Come face-to-face with deer, antelope, ostrich, emus, cattle, zebra, bison and many more animals, as you travel along the 2.5-mile drive thru safari. Discover new babies frolicking year round! Enjoy animals interacting in a natural environment. Witness Mother Nature the way it was intended. Don't forget your bucket of feed! Not a zoo but like a zoo! For more information on the Tennessee Safari Park along the park hours is available at Tennessee Safari Park
Casey Jones Village and Museum - Located in Jackson, TN. Information on the Casey Jones Village and Museum along with hours is available at Caseyjones.com.
The Natchez Trace Parkway is a 444-mile drive through exceptional scenery and 10,000 years of North American history that winds it's way through Lewis County and southern Wayne County. The gravesite of Meriwether Lewis is located at milepost 385.9 in Lewis County. More information available at: nps.gov/natr/historyculture/meriwether-lewis.htm
Amber Falls Winery & Cellars is located in the beautiful high ridges of Lewis County and offers a variety of fine wines that are sure to appeal to nearly every palate. Complimentary tasting is available in the quaint tasting room. Observe the wine making process from an upstairs viewing room and a tour of the vineyard is available. For more information go to www.amberfallswinery.com
Of Special note to MotorCycle Enthusiast -- " 99 Curves on Hwy 99 " - 28 mile loop road from Waynesboro to Hohenwald TN -- a GREAT day trip ride while staying at the Bed and Breakfast - click for details and map