With a total area of 613 square miles, Hickman County is home to some of the best living Tennessee has to offer for people who love the outdoors. Located just an hour away from Nashville, it is the ideal place for nature lovers to call home. The appeal of location is that one can enjoy living in a beautiful rural area within proximity to all the things urban lifestyles offer. In a state full of natural beauty, Hickman County fits right in by having both the Duck River and The Natchez Trace Parkway in its backyard.
At 284 miles long, the Duck River is the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee. It is home to over 50 species of freshwater mussels and over 100 species of fish, which makes it one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America. Hickman County has 75 miles of the Duck River flowing inside its borders. The river is a favorite spot for many outdoor activities, including but not limited to fishing, kayaking and canoeing. In addition to the Duck River, the Piney River is another popular place for camping and kayaking. It is a wild river with an intact ecosystem, which is rare these days. The Piney is the perfect river to float, make pit stops along the way for pictures and enjoy all that nature has to offer. The thing most people love about the Piney River is that it ends at a large swimming hole.
A drive through the hills of Tennessee courtesy of the historic Natchez Trace forest trail is a scenic route like no other. The parkway spans over 440 miles from Nashville to Natchez, Mississippi. It runs directly through Hickman County and is a popular place to bike, drive or ride a motorcycle. One of the more sought after stops located on the Natchez Trace is Jackson Falls. It is located just outside of Centerville. Adventure seekers can access the waterfalls by parking at Baker Bluff Overlook or in the designated parking area. Jackson Falls has a picnic area and a paved path that visitors can take down the 900-foot drop to the falls. A short hike to the Duck River Overlook will provide amazing views from 30 stories above the free-flowing river below.