Tourism

Festivals

Lauderdale County Tomato Festival

The Tomato Festival is a two day celebration in July paying honor to our area tomato growers. Each year the Chamber honors the Tomato Farmer of the Year at the Opening Ceremonies. The festival features lots of exciting events such as Chamber Coffee, carnival rides, a petting zoo, fun games, live music, a tomato contest, tomato tasting, 5-K run, a beauty contest to select Tomato Festival Royalty, and much more!

Lauderdale County Fair

Come experience the annual Lauderdale County Fair held the last weekend of August. There will be carnival rides, livestock shows, pet shows, concerts, exhibits, mini-tractors, ATV pulls, a BBQ Cook-off, talent contest, wrestling, car show, Choctaw Social Dancing, Storytelling, Kids Zone, barnyard animals, and much more!

Halls Street Festival

This festival is sponsored by the Town of Halls and located in downtown. It is held in June of each year and features, entertainment, food, arts, crafts and more.

Wings Over Halls

Return to a time when age meant nothing and freedom meant everything." Wings Over Halls” is an air show that recounts those years during WWII. This show allows you to visit the warbirds on the ramp, buy rides in some instances, see pyrotechnics that simulate bombing, and see these magnificent aircraft perform features never imagined. Thirty aircrafts will perform during this incredible show. Veterans are honored during a special ceremony both days of the event.

Attractions

Fort Pillow State Park

The 1,642 acre Fort Pillow is known for its well-preserved breastworks and reconstructed inner fort. The park’s museum offers Civil War artifacts including a canon and interpretive displays relating to the history of Fort Pillow. There is a 12 minute video on the 1864 Battle shown by request as well as tours of the museum and restored fortifications. The museum is open from 8 a.m. – 4 p.m. For more information, please visit this link.

3122 Park Road
Henning, TN 38041
(731) 738-5581

 

Hudson’s Antiquarian Maps and Globes

Hudson’s Antiquarian Maps and Globes is a wonderful place to find rare antique globes, maps, books and prints with a huge inventory of the best ancient paper navigational devices. For more information, please visit this link.

109 South Church Street
Halls, Tennessee 38040
(731) 836-9057

 

Veteran’s Museum/ Air Base Museum

The Veterans’ Museum was established to honor veterans, collect, preserve and protect accessions for The Veterans' Museum. This museum strives daily to foster patriotism, instill appreciation for our military services in our citizens, and educate present and future generations about the role of this base during WWII and the lasting effect it had on surrounding towns and communities. For more information, please visit this link.

100 Veterans Dr N
Halls, TN  38040
(731) 836-7400

 

Alex Haley Museum and Intraoperative Center

Originally known as the Palmer House, this ten-room, bungalow style home was constructed in 1918 and 1919 by Will E. Palmer, the maternal grandfather of Alex Haley. The restored building is open to the public as a museum featuring Haley's work, childhood memorabilia, and references to the people who inspired his characters in Roots. Visitors can view the memorabilia and family artifacts that remain showcased, with the opportunity to make purchases at a small on-site gift shop as well as to see Alex Haley's final resting place at the front lawn of the home. For more information, please visit this link.

535 Haley Avenue
Henning
, TN 38041
(731) 738- 2240

 

Lauderdale County Museum

The Lauderdale County Museum is housed in the historic Sugar Hill Mansion which was built in 1842. The museum showcases items highlighting the history of Lauderdale County. The building also houses the Lauderdale County Chamber of Commerce. For more information, please visit this link.

23 S. Jefferson St.
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 635-9541

 

Ripley Park

The 50 acre beautifully landscaped park features four lighted multi-purpose athletic fields, 400 parking spaces, a 1.10 walking/jogging trail, sand volleyball, three playgrounds, tetherball, 4 state-of-the-art lighted tennis courts, a 35' x 65' pavilion with lights, 6 smaller pavilions with grills and picnic tables, a swimming pool AND a waterslide with two kiddie slides. Also, a 9 Hole Disc Golf Course that is FREE for family fun and fitness! For more information, please visit this link.

200 Mary Roberts Dr,
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 635-4645

 

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway and Trail

The Great River Road National Scenic Byway follows the course of the Mississippi River for 3,000 miles from northern Minnesota to the Gulf of Mexico. The scenic route passes through 10 states and hundreds of river towns. The Great River Road is arguably the longest and most important scenic byway in America. To learn more, please visit this link.

Eat & Stay

Blue & White Café
1320 Hwy. 51 North
Ripley (731) 635-1471

 

Emiley’s Restaurant
815 Hwy. 51 North
Ripley (731) 635-2127

 

Chisolm’s Lake Store and Restaurant
23 Chisholm Lake Store Rd.
Ripley (731) 221-5999

 

Lee’s Pit B-B-Q
197 S. Washington Street
Ripley (731) 635-0686

 

E. W. James & Sons Buffet
286 S. Washington Street
Ripley (731) 635-2136

 

Culbreath’s Sandwich Shop
100 S. Main Street
Henning (731) 738-0465

 

Kennedy’s Fish Basket
326 S. Washington Street
Ripley (731) 635-9107

 

D. J. Diner & Deli
311 West Tigrett Street
Halls (731) 836-7931

 

EconoLodge Inn and Suites

EconoLodge offers a free continental breakfast, Cable /Satellite TV, 24 Hr. front desk service, AAA Rated, children stay free, free Parking, microwave & refrigerator available upon request, guest laundry, handicapped rooms/facilities, Jacuzzi suites, High Speed Internet, non-smoking rooms, and Whirlpool Suites.

315 Lake Dr,
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 419-2603

 

Days Inn

Days Inn offers 24-Hour reception desk service, bus/truck parking, a Business Center, coffee/tea maker, early check-in available, free breakfast, free parking, free WiFi, pool, and outdoor RV parking.

555 Highway 51 South,
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 612-9208

 

Hunter Lodge

Hunter Lodge offers free WiFi, an indoor pool, a hot tub, a TV with satellite channels provided, and free private parking is available on site.

765 Hwy 51 South,
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 635-8181

The Bluff and Bottom Lands

The Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge
The Chickasaw National Wildlife Refuge has the largest tract of bottomland hardwood forest in Tennessee, and lies in the Lower Mississippi River floodplain with eight miles of the refuge’s western boundary adjoining the Mississippi River. This area of land contains thousands of acres that includes lakes, forests, streams, scenic overlooks, the Mississippi River shoreline, wildlife, and fascinating history. To learn more, please visit this link
1505 Sandbluff Rd.
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 635-7621

Lower Hatchie Refuge
The Lower Hatchie Refuge is located at the confluence of the Hatchie and Mississippi Rivers in Lauderdale and Tipton Counties in west Tennessee. The refuge encompasses the lower reaches of the Hatchie River and consists of bottomland hardwoods, moist-soil units, agricultural fields, and associated uplands. The large forested tracts, open lands, and aquatic features found on the refuge provide an important ecological niche for fish, wildlife, and plant species. To learn more, please visit this link.  
234 Fort Prudhomme Drive
Henning, TN 38041
(731) 738-2296

Sunk Lake TN Natural Area
The forests at Sunk Lake surround a series of eight shallow depressional lakes within the floodplain of the Mississippi River. The Five Hundred Pound Lake name derives from a local fisherman’s account of having caught 500 pounds of buffalo fish there in one day. A 180-foot boardwalk provides an observation viewing area of one lake. A boat ramp provides lake access for fishing boats and canoes. To learn more, please visit this link
234 Fort Prudhomme Drive
Henning, TN 38041
(731) 738-2296

Tully State Forest
This property has been managed for years by the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency (TWRA) as a wildlife management area. As the only state forest representing western Tennessee's physiographic region, it is covered in Mississippi River alluvial bottomland hardwoods and holds some of the state's best hunting and fishing lands. It is only the second state forest established in the last half-century. To learn more, please visit this link
2258 Dry Hill Road West
Ripley, TN 38063
(731) 625-1105
 

LAUDERDALE CHAMBER/ ECONOMIC & COMMUNITY DEVELOPMENT

123 S. Jefferson St., Ripley, TN 38063 | P: 731.635.9541 or 8463 F: 731.635.9064