The City of Columbia (Population: 36,800, Source: 2015 ACS, Census Bureau) is located along the Interstate 65 (I-65) corridor, approximately 45 miles south of Nashville and 75 miles north of Huntsville, AL. Columbia is the county seat and historic and cultural heart of Maury County, TN.
Settled on the banks of the Duck River, the city’s natural beauty includes green rolling hills, centuries-old plantation estates scattered across the city and county, and mountainous vistas with the higher elevated ridges of Middle Tennessee’s Highland Rim running to the south and west of the city.
Columbia offers something for everyone, whether your interest is presidential history, pre- and post-Civil War architecture, antiques, shopping, sports, and an array of community events.
As the Mule Capitol of the World, the annual Mule Day Parade and week-long festival attracts over 100,000 visitors from throughout the United States and abroad. Mule Day (or Week) is one of several major events that the city hosts annually and among the many cultural and recreational amenities available to citizens and visitors.
Columbia’s natural scenic beauty is second to none and extends from the Duck River to the ridges of the Highland Rim. The Duck River, the longest river that flows entirely in the state of Tennessee, is also among the most biologically diverse on the North American continent. The Duck River runs along the historic downtown district and the eastern portion of the city. The city’s Riverwalk connects Riverfront Park and areas east of the river with Downtown Columbia.
The Columbia Parks & Recreation Department and the Maury County Parks & Recreation Department have developed and maintain first rate parks systems centered in Columbia, which host city, county and third-party events and activities, provides vital green and open space for residents and visitors and accentuates the natural beauty in and around Columbia through recreational programming.
Columbia natural beauty and appeal are matched by a fascinating history, a growing variety of arts and cultural activities, and historic Downtown Columbia along with warm, friendly people.
The ancestral home of the 11th President of the United States, President James K. Polk, the James K. Polk Ancestral Home and Museum is located just two blocks from the city’s Courthouse Square. The Polk Home is the only remaining residence of the 11th President with the exception of the White House. The Polk Presidential Hall, next door to the Polk Home, hosts activities and cultural treasures that range from state and local exhibits to exhibits from the Smithsonian Institute.
The City’s historic downtown commercial district includes shopping, dining and entertainment that makes the city a destination whether you come to see Columbia’s Courthouse Square, surrounding by a bustling business district which brings the city’s motto to life: Something good around every corner.