Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

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A visit here is most definitely a step back in time. Little has changed in this small town except maybe the pace has slowed a bit. This tiny hamlet of little more than 1,000 residents was a popular resort com-munity in the early 1900s. In those days, mineral waters said to have remarkable curative powers beckoned visitors from all over the world. “Red,” “black,” “white,” “freestone,” and “double and twist” were the names given to the sulphur-based waters. Not only did travelers come to drink and bathe in the healing waters, but they stayed on to enjoy leisurely pastimes such as croquet, tennis, and dancing under the stars. While that era has long passed, three hotels remain and so do the intriguing waters. Various working pumps still allow visitors to try a drink of red or black water. A Folk Medicine Festival held each July focuses on the history and practice of folk medicine and other aspects of back-to-basics living. The Salt Lick Creek winds its way through this small Middle Tennessee town, and two picturesque covered bridges downtown give tourists reason to slow down to the pace of country life. There is not much to do in Red Boiling Springs except kick back and relax, eat some country cooking, and spend some quiet time reading in one of the hotels’ many rocking chairs.
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by Susan Chappell (The Globe Pequot Press)

A visit here is most definitely a step back in time. Little has changed in this small town except maybe the pace has slowed a bit. This tiny hamlet of little more than 1,000 residents was a popular resort com-munity in the early 1900s. In those days, mineral waters said to have remarkable curative powers beckoned visitors from all over the world. “Red,” “black,” “white,” “freestone,” and “double and twist” were the names given to the sulphur-based waters. Not only did travelers come to drink and bathe in the healing waters, but they stayed on to enjoy leisurely pastimes such as croquet, tennis, and dancing under the stars.

While that era has long passed, three hotels remain and so do the intriguing waters. Various working pumps still allow visitors to try a drink of red or black water. A Folk Medicine Festival held each July focuses on the history and practice of folk medicine and other aspects of back-to-basics living. The Salt Lick Creek winds its way through this small Middle Tennessee town, and two picturesque covered bridges downtown give tourists reason to slow down to the pace of country life. There is not much to do in Red Boiling Springs except kick back and relax, eat some country cooking, and spend some quiet time reading in one of the hotels’ many rocking chairs.

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Activity Type: Backpacking, Hiking
Nearby City: Red Boiling Springs
Duration: One day to several days
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: All contact information for attractions, dining, and lodging are provided in the eTrail.
Driving Directions: Directions to Red Boiling Springs, Tennessee

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