Risky Places We Love: Bottom View Farm in Portland, Tennessee

Hi Risky Readers!  One of our goals in starting this blog was to highlight places to visit where you and your kids can engage in some good, risky fun.  We’re just one family on a budget, though, so we welcome readers who would like to guest post on their discoveries. We’d love to feature risky places all over the country (even the world!), so if you have a place you’d like to share contact us at theriskykids@gmail.com

Our very first guest writer in the short history of The Risky Kids is my good friend (and often my inspiration) Lisa Abramson.  Lisa is a mom of 2 boys living near Nashville, Tennessee.  You might recognize her from our slackline post!  Here’s Lisa’s account of one of their favorite Risky Places: Bottom View Farm.

It was day five of summer and I found myself alone with my 9-year-old son.  It was time to round up some friends and do something fun.

I found Bottom View Farm on the internet and learned they’d recently added a zipline.  I’m an adrenaline junkie so this was right up my alley.  We were encouraged to wander the grounds and explore the animals, the little Western town and so much more.

They have seven ziplines that total over 5,000 feet.  It was worth the price just to watch the kids try to figure out the average length of each zipline (it comes to around 714 feet). Sheesh, we’ve only been out of school for a week!  We zipped over real cows, a creek and a lake.  Our two guides knew how to entertain kids and they weren’t afraid to do it.  Their awesome attitudes and hilarious sense of humor made the kids feel comfortable while still having loads of fun.  We all had a blast.  The views were spectacular and we all want to zip again soon.

When was the last time that you saw one of these at a playground?

Forget time out, put 'em in the stockade


The kids had never played on a real one of these before. They caught on quick.

By this time, we’d worked up quite an appetite.  We ate at The Inside Scoop, one of the two restaurants on the farm.  The prices were great and the menu was kid-friendly.  I would return for the green bean fries alone.

I had the pleasure of talking with Mr. Ralph, the owner.  He’s raised at least two generations on this working farm.  He told me that he felt called to create this haven for kids when he went out to the garden to pick tomatoes for the restaurant.  A kid saw him return with fresh tomatoes and commented that Mr. Ralph must’ve just returned from WalMart.  The kid had never seen a garden before and had no idea that you could actually grow a tomato.  Mr. Ralph understands the value of teaching our kids that food doesn’t always come from a plastic grocery sack.  He wanted a farm where kids could roam free, pet a real animal, pick a strawberry and just play.

I think that he has succeeded.

Bottom View Farm, owned by Ralph & Mary Cook, is located at 185 Wilkerson Lane in Portland, Tennessee.  Visit their website or call (615-325-7017) for more information.