Driving Directions to Leatherwood Forge

Please note: Cell phones do not work once you get on the country roads. Please plan accordingly before you begin driving.

FROM THE NATCHEZ TRACE

You can get on the Natchez Trace Parkway at several locations: Drive out Hwy. 100 from Bellevue and get on the Trace just past the Loveless Café, or take the McCrory Lane exit off I-40 and follow the signs for the Trace, which will come out near the Loveless Café. You can also get on at Hwy. 96 west of Franklin or Hwy. 46 just south of Leipers Fork. Once on the Trace travel to the exit at Hwy. 50. There area no billboards, gas stations and very few road sign on the Trace, so watch carefully for your exit at mile marker 407.7. You will see one small sign, then turn left to exit. The distance on the Trace is:

33.8 miles from Hwy. 100
28.6 miles from Hwy. 96
20.4 miles from Hwy. 46

At the bottom of the exit ramp, turn right toward Centerville and go one mile to the small community of Shady Grove. You will see the Duck River Market on your left and Leatherwood Rd. on your right. Turn right onto Leatherwood Rd. Go about 2.5 miles and turn right at the stop sign where Bratton Rd merges with Leatherwood. Continue winding around across the Duck River Bridge and past Primm Springs Rd. on your left. Continue approximately one mile from the intersection with Primm Springs Rd., then turn right onto Dry Prong Rd. Go approximately .10 mile, and Narrow Gate''s driveway will be the first on your right, with a "Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge" sign at the entrance. Come across the creek on the concrete bridge and follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill to your left, through the gate and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 1 hour and 10 minutes from Brentwood or Bellevue


FROM NASHVILLE/BRENTWOOD/FRANKLIN VIA I-65 SOUTH

Travel I-65 South toward Birmingham/Huntsville. Take exit 53/Saturn Pkwy W/TN-396 W toward Spring Hill/Columbia, the first exit after I-840. Travel 4.4 miles and follow the signs, staying left to exit onto Main St/TN-6/US-31 toward Columbia. Continue to follow TN-6/US-31 for 8.9 miles. Travel until you come to the intersection of TN-6/US-412, and turn right. You will see a McDonalds, a couple of gas stations and a tractor sales business on the corner when you turn. Go approximately five miles and turn left onto the ramp for TN 50/Williamsport Pike. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto TN-50/Williamsport Pike west toward Centerville. Travel approximately 11.5 miles to the small community of Shady Grove. You will see the Duck River Market on your left and Leatherwood Rd. on your right. Turn right onto Leatherwood Rd. Go about 2.5 miles and turn right at the stop sign where Bratton Rd merges with Leatherwood. Continue winding around across the Duck River Bridge and past Primm Springs Rd. on your left. Continue approximately one mile from the intersection with Primm Springs Rd., then turn right onto Dry Prong Rd. Go approximately .10 mile, and Narrow Gate''s driveway will be the first on your right, with a "Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge" sign at the entrance. Come across the creek on the concrete bridge and follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill to your left, through the gate and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 1.25 hours from Nashville; 1 hours from Brentwood; 0.75 hours from Franklin


FROM FRANKLIN/LEIPERS FORK VIA LEIPERS CREEK RD.

From downtown Franklin, head southwest on Main St. In 2.3 miles, continue onto Carters Creek Pike as you leave the Franklin city limits. In 1.6 miles, take a slight right onto Southall Rd. You will see the white Halfway Market building on your left. Follow Southall Rd. for 3.8 miles until it dead ends into TN-46 N/Old Hillsboro Rd. Turn left toward downtown Leipers Fork and follow Old Hillsboro Rd. through downtown. TN-46 N/Old Hillsboro Rd. turns into Leipers Creek Rd. in 1.4 miles. Continue on this road for another 12.7 miles until it dead ends into TN-7 N/New Hwy. 7. Turn right and follow Hwy. 7 for 0.7 miles. You will pass Fly General Store on your right. Turn left on Leipers Creek Rd and follow Leipers Creek Rd. 3.5 miles until it dead ends. Turn right to stay on Leipers Creek Rd., then continue onto Jones Valley Rd. After about a mile, you will come to a fork in the road at the top of a hill. Stay right at the fork to continue on Jones Valley Rd. for another 1.5 miles, then turn right to go over the bridge onto Dry Prong Rd. Follow Dry Prong Rd. for 1.5 miles and look for the Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge sign on your left. Turn left to go over the bridge onto our property. Follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill to your left, through the black gate, and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 1 hr. from downtown Franklin; 45 minutes from downtown Leipers Fork


FROM MURFREESBORO/CHATTANOOGA/ATLANTA VIA I-24 WEST

Travel I-24 to the intersection of I-840. Take I-840 west toward Franklin. At the I-65 exit, take I-65 south toward Birmingham/Huntsville. Take exit 53/Saturn Pkwy W/TN-396 W toward Spring Hill/Columbia. Travel 4.4 miles and follow the signs, staying left to exit onto Main St/TN-6/US-31 toward Columbia. Continue to follow TN-6/US-31 for 8.9 miles toward Columbia. When you come to the intersection of TN-6/US-412, turn right onto TN-6/US-412. You will see a McDonalds, a couple of gas stations and a tractor sales business on the corner when you turn. Go approximately five miles and turn left onto the ramp for TN 50/Williamsport Pike. At the bottom of the ramp, turn left onto TN-50/Williamsport Pike west toward Centerville. Travel approximately 11.5 miles to the small community of Shady Grove. You will see the Duck River Market on your left and Leatherwood Rd. on your right. Turn right onto Leatherwood Rd. Go about 2.5 miles and turn right at the stop sign where Bratton Rd merges with Leatherwood. Continue winding around across the Duck River Bridge and past Primm Springs Rd. on your left. Continue approximately one mile from the intersection with Primm Springs Rd., then turn right onto Dry Prong Rd. Go approximately .10 mile, and Narrow Gate''s driveway will be the first on your right, with a "Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge" sign at the entrance. Come across the creek on the concrete bridge and follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill to your left, through the gate and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 1.5 hours from Murfreesboro; 3 hours from Chattanooga; 5 hours from Atlanta


FROM MEMPHIS/NASHVILLE VIA I-40 WEST

Take I-40 east to the Hwy. 50 Centerville exit. Travel about 17 miles until you come to a T in Centerville at Highway 100. Turn right to continue on Hwy. 50, which will turn into Hwy. 100. Go approximately one mile and bear left sharply, following the Hwy. 50 East sign toward Columbia. (Note: Yield to oncoming traffic, which does not stop. This is a dangerous intersection). Go 11 miles and turn left onto Bratton Rd. Travel approximately three miles, wind around and cross the Duck River past Primm Springs Rd. on your left. One mile from Primm Springs Rd. the blacktop road ends. Turn right onto Dry Prong Rd and go about 0.10 miles. Narrow Gate''s driveway will be the first one on your right, with a "Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge" sign at the entrance. Come across the creek on the concrete bridge and follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill on your left, through the gate and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 3.25 hours from Memphis; 1.25 hours from Nashville


FROM BIRMINGHAM VIA I-65 NORTH

Take I-65 North toward Nashville from Birmingham or Huntsville. Travel to the exit for Hwy. 50/James Campbell Parkway., toward Columbia. One mile past Maury Regional Hospital you will come to the intersection of Hwy. 50 and Hwy. 412. Turn left, following the signs to Hwy. 50 toward Centerville. Go approximately one mile and veer off to your right, still following the signs to Centerville. Travel approximately 14 miles to the small town of Shady Grove. You will see the Duck River Market on your left and Leatherwood Rd. on your right. Turn right onto Leatherwood Rd. Go about 2.5 miles and turn right at the stop sign where Bratton Rd merges with Leatherwood. Continue winding around across the Duck River Bridge and past Primm Springs Rd. on your left. Continue approximately one mile from the intersection with Primm Springs Rd., then turn right onto Dry Prong Rd. Go approximately .10 mile, and Narrow Gate''s driveway will be the first on your right, with a "Narrow Gate at Leatherwood Forge" sign at the entrance. Come across the creek on the concrete bridge and follow the gravel road past the white house on the hill to your left, through the gate and back to the lodge. The lodge will be on your right.

Drive time: Approximately 3 hours