Experience a Top 10 Best Small Town! Columbia, Tennessee, aka 'Muletown', is just south of Nashville, showcasing a classic Town Square and vibrant Main Street in a trendy downtown. Explore the emerging Columbia Arts District, outdoor recreation, the Duck River, and our Presidential history.

Classically Southern. Uniquely Muletown.

Columbia is proud to be a nationally accredited Main Street community and off-the-charts excited to be a ‘Top 10 Best Small Town’ by Southern Living AND a 'Country's Best Small Town, Top 10' by Country Living Magazine. We invite you to come experience Columbia. When you’re ready to visit, you’ll find us just south of Nashville. Columbia is rich in historic treasures, family-friendly events, and soul-satisfying shopping, not to mention great dining and sleep options.


We’ve got a sweetheart of a Downtown – an original, authentic, real-deal downtown - accentuated by the most beautiful Town Square and Main Street lined with trendy shops, boutiques, antiques, live music, brews & spirits, friendly faces and good eats. We’ve become known for our family-friendly First Fridays in downtown surrounded by live music, food trucks, sidewalk vendors, and merchants that stay open a little later.The sites and stories of this sweet little town extend beyond our vibrant downtown.

The emerging Columbia Arts District is just a few blocks southwest of downtown and will captivate you with their local, funky, creative artists and makers. And our presidential credentials put us on the map as the ancestral home of the 11th U.S. President James K. Polk. The outdoors will bring out your true adventurer on the Duck River, Chickasaw Trace cycling trails, and at the scenic Yanahli Park. Wait, there’s more. Other arts, history, recreation and events like Mule Day (an annual April celebration going on since the 1930s) await you so explore our visitor guide to find out what you’re weekend getaway to Columbia could look like.

Columbia is 45 miles south of Nashville, Tennessee and 75 miles north of Huntsville, Alabama with easy access from Interstate 65.

Come on over, we can't wait to meet you. We hope you’ll be enchanted by our town and feel connected to the stories, experiences, and people of Columbia.