Hohenwald, Tennessee

Hohenwald means “high forest” in German. Today, it’s the county seat of Lewis County and convenient to the Natchez Trace Parkway.

Welcome to Hohenwald’s downtown, which is slow-paced and has a relaxing atmosphere. Hohenwald, Lewis County, Tennessee, has a population of fewer than 4,000 residents, and its name is a German word that means “High Forest.” The town might be small, but it has a lot to offer when it comes to dining and shopping experiences, entertainment and arts in the downtown area.

The Junkyard Dog Steakhouse in downtown Hohenwald quickly became known for excellent food and cozy environment after it opened its doors in 2006. The menu includes pasta, seafood, steaks, salads, soups and gumbo. A banquet room at the restaurant, dubbed the Garage, welcomes groups of 20-40 guests to try out the Garage’s exclusive menu. Other options for delicious food are Hank’s Family Diner and Lewis and Clarke's Restaurant and Lounge, named after the famous explorers. The town’s connection to the Lewis and Clark Expedition is one of the things for which Hohenwald is notable. Meriwether Lewis died and was buried seven miles east of the town at Grinder’s Stand in 1809. 

Explore the area, appreciate the charming buildings downtown and look around the shops. The Shop on Main Street, Janet’s Memories and Sparkey and Ringo's offer clothing and accessories. 

Music, dance and art meet at the Strand Theatre and Art Gallery, a project of the Hohenwald Arts Council. You’re invited to enjoy the show, too. You’ll also appreciate art when you visit Lewis County Museum of Natural History and Discovery Center, featuring several murals. 

You’ll hear music and see arts and crafts in the square, as downtown Hohenwald often hosts events, such as the Hohenwald October Heritage Festival, an annual tradition held for more than 40 years, and Christmas in Hohenwald, with ice skating, carriage and train rides, entertainment, light displays, vendors and, of course, Santa. 

Downtown Tennessee Program by Experience Tennessee

Eat, Drink, Shop, and Stay in Downtown Hohenwald, Tennessee

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