NOTE: Hwy. 56 (coming
from the southwest) & Hwy. 30 (coming from the east) are
beautiful, winding mountain roads.
That's great if you're interested in scenery but not a good
way to come if you want a direct route.
Falcon Rest is 1.3 miles north of the Hwy.
70S Bypass at the end of Faulkner Springs Road.
To enter at the Visitor Center, turn left at the end of Faulkner Springs Road. onto Bluff Springs Road., which runs in front of the mansion. Turn left into the driveway on the other side of the mansion and go to the second building on the right.
For exact GPS directions to the driveway, input "85 Bluff Springs Road, McMinnville,TN"
NOTE: If you come on 70S thru Woodbury, enjoy the new 4 lane highway between there and here, and ignore your GPS if it insists you turn onto the old 2-lane Hwy. 70S that it replaced.
Direct route from I-24
Exit 111 (Hwy. 55) to McMinnville. DO NOT turn and go to the
McMinnville business district. Instead, keep going straight
and follow Hwy. 70S signs toward Sparta. You'll pass Wal-Mart,
Applebee's and Korner Market. Turn left onto Faulkner Springs
Road at the light AFTER the one at the Korner Market. (Supreme
Building Products is at the intersection to the right.)
The closest way from Nashville
Come from I-24 through Murfreesboro.
Take Exit 81-B. Turn right at the first traffic light onto
Rutherford Blvd. After you pass Wal-Mart, turn right again
onto Mercury Blvd., which is Hwy. 70S. Go through Woodbury
and into McMinnville. Instead of going straight to the downtown
McMinnville business district, take the exit toward Sparta
onto the Hwy. 70S Bypass. Turn left onto Faulkner Springs
Road at the FIFTH traffic light (the one AFTER Korner Market).
Follow directions from I-24 through
...Or, choose the scenic route across the gorgeous Sequatchie
(just beware of deer at dusk!): Take
Hwy. 27 across the Tennessee River at the Aquarium, then Hwy.
111 past Dunlap.
Approximately 10+ miles past the Dunlap
turnoff, turn left onto Hwy. 8.
Turn right when Hwy. 8 meets Hwy. 56
on the outskirts of McMinnville, enter downtown on Main Street,
take the first right onto Sparta St., first left onto Morford
St., and first right onto Spring St.
Go straight across the Hwy. 70S Bypass,
where Spring St. becomes Faulkner Springs Road. (Call for directions
with less turns if you'll be in a motorcoach!)
Go through Fayetteville, Tullahoma and
Manchester, Tenn. Don't turn onto I-24. Instead, go straight
across the Interstate and follow the directions above from
Manchester Exit 11
From I-40 East (Knoxville or Crossville)
Go west on I-40 to Crossville Exit 317.
Turn left at the end of the ramp; go about 1-1/2 miles and
turn right at the traffic light by Walgreens. Stay on this
road (Hwy. 70) just through Sparta, then turn left onto Hwy.
A couple of miles south of Sparta,
take fork toward McMinnville on Hwy. 70S. Stay on the four-lane
Hwy. 70S Bypass in McMinnville, and turn right at the fourth
traffic light onto Faulkner Springs Road.
If you'd prefer to stay on 4-lane roads
all the way from Knoxville,take I-40 west to Cookeville. Exit
onto Hwy. 111 toward Sparta. Follow directions above from
From I-40 West (toward Nashville)
Take Exit 273 south through Smithville
into McMinnville. Turn left onto the Hwy. 70S Bypass, then
left again at the second traffic light onto Faulkner Springs
From Fall Creek Falls State Park
Exit the park at the south gate onto
Hwy. 284. For the quickest route, go straight across Hwy.
111 instead of turning north to Spencer. Hwy. 284 curves north
and meets Hwy. 30 west of Spencer.
Turn left onto Hwy. 30. Go to the end
of Hwy. 30, and turn leftwhere it "y's" into Hwy.
Go to the fourth traffic light; turn
right onto Faulkner Springs Road.