Recreation & Entertainment
The mighty Mississippi River forms a natural western boundary for Tipton County, and the Hatchie River forms the northern boundary, providing the public with numerous recreational opportunities such as boating, fishing, skiing and camping. The Hatchie River is a slow-moving waterway, excellent for canoeing, as it has been designated by the state as the only natural scenic river left in West Tennessee.
Drummonds is home to the Glenn Springs Lake. Located about 6.5 miles west of Munford, this Tennessee Wildlife Resource Agency lake covers approximately 310 acres. The facilities include two fishing piers, a covered boat dock with spot for 32 rental boats, two launching ramps, a bait and tackle shop, a clubhouse, restrooms and two picnic pavilions. Every year, the lake hosts the Chamber’s annual children’s fishing derby, where 200 kids spend the morning at the lake.
Forest Hill Golf Course, official site of the Chamber’s annual golf scramble, is an 18-hole public golf course open year round. Golfers are presented with a hilly, tree-filled challenge when stepping on to Forest Hill’s greens. The course features Bermuda fairways and new Championship Bermuda greens. Weekday, non-discounted green fees are $12.00, and weekend fees are $15.00. Cart fees are $10.00 and walking is allowed. Forest Hill Golf Course is located in Drummonds. For more information, call 901-835-2152 or visit the website at www.foresthillgolfcourse.com.
The Tipton County Museum is located in Covington, the county seat. Share your family’s "war stories" with your children as you take in the military displays. Explore nature in the hands-on learning center. While at the museum, enjoy a picnic by the herb garden and pond and then trek along a half-mile nature trail winding through twenty acres of natural woodlands and a wildlife sanctuary. Hours of operation: closed Sunday & Monday. Open Tuesday-Friday, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m., Saturday 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information, call 901-476-0242 or visit the website at www.tiptonco.com/museum.htm.
The Dacus Riding Club is a non-profit, family-oriented organization which features horse riding events, such as Barrels, Poles, Western Pleasure, and Walking/Saddle Horse, as well as pleasure riding for adults and children. The organization first formed as a combination of several smaller saddle clubs in the area, allowing the opportunity to hold larger events and join some of the sanctioned riding associations. There are currently over 200 members, with new families joining each month. In 2004, the club moved to its new 20 acre location at 9051 Highway 51 South, in Brighton. Visit the website at www.dacusridingclub.com.
Centennial Park, located at the corner of Dacus and Reeder in Munford, opened in April of 2006 and has since become one of the finest ball complexes in West Tennessee. Centennial Park includes 5 ball fields, a covered playground, a walking track, restroom facilities, picnic areas, a press box, concessions and convenient parking. For more information, call 901-837-5966 or visit the website at www.munford.com.
The Millington Family YMCA is a state-of-the art facility that includes an indoor heated pool, sauna, steam room, and whirlpool. Also, a part of the facility includes a 5,000 square foot Wellness and Fitness area, aerobic studio, Kids Zone and locker rooms. Programs and services are offered seven days a week for all ages, interests and abilities, including events for families, active older adults, youth and special populations. An outdoor water park was recently added. For more information, call 901-873-1434 or visit the website at www.ymca.memphis.org.
Centrally located in west Tennessee, just minutes from Tipton County and world-famous Beale Street, Memphis International Raceway is one of the nation’s most versatile racing facilities. The multi-track complex features a ¾-mile paved tri-ova featuring test track & Driving School, a ¼-mile IHRA championship drag strip which is home of the IHRA Summit World Finals / NITRO Jam, and a 1.77 mile championship road course. Memphis International Raceway has celebrated several milestones with over 100 National Drag Racing events and 12 years of the NASCAR events. The facility hosts more than 150 days of events at its three distinct venues. Located in the “Home of the Blues” and “Birthplace of Rock ‘n’ Roll”, Memphis International Raceway was reborn as a sports entertainment destination in 2011.
Tipton County hosts several annual festivals. Covington hosts the World’s Oldest Bar-B-Q in October. On the third Saturday in September, the streets of Munford close down to welcome several thousand people to Celebrate, an annual event for families, with food booths, art and crafts booth, live entertainment, children’s games, and lots of fun. For more information, visit the websites at www.covingtontn.com/bbq.htm or www.munford.com.
Additional festivals and events may be found in the West Tennessee Festival and Event Guide: An informational resource for major festivals and events compiled by the 2008 WestStar Leadership Class.