If you’re looking to cuddle a goat or two and introduce your child to a local farm experience, look no further than Noble Springs Dairy Farm — located just six miles from downtown Franklin at 3144 Blazer Road. On Saturdays, Noble Springs offers the chance for visitors to cuddle and play with baby goats from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m. The drive from Nashville takes about 40 minutes, but our 3-year-old enjoyed the scenic drive, calling out every cow, horse and barn she saw!
The Noble family meets visitors at the check-in pavilion (which offers seating and a nice view out of the sun). Right away, our toddler noticed an adjacent tree swing and playground area and wanted to explore it plus a grassy area with plenty of balls for throwing and kicking.
LITTLES LOVE THE GOATS At NOBLE SPRINGS DAIRY FARM
A tent near check-in is where the baby goat cuddling takes place. Inside a gated pen, we took turns cuddling two baby goats. My daughter loved petting them. She tried to hold one, but the “kids” (both goat and human) were too excited to sit still. Bigger children can hold them, and one had his hair chewed on giving us all a good laugh.
At 11 a.m., the owner, Dustin, gave a 45-minute tour of the farm. He assured us it was OK to come and go, as the tour is more geared for adults. My husband took our daughter to see the chickens and more goats (and then went back to the playground).
The tour includes the operation room where goats are milked and cheese is made … only, you don’t get to see it happen.
All in all, we enjoyed our two hours at Noble Springs, even though our daughter was mostly interested in the playground
Any beautiful day outdoors supporting a local farm is time well spent. On our way out, we stopped by the pavilion to buy goat cheese and soap/lotion (if they’re in stock). We purchased pimento and the garlic-herb goat cheese spread and it was delicious! The goat cheese products and shirts can make a unique birthday/holiday gift for those who enjoy supporting local. There are also additional snacks and water for purchase.
Saturday goat cuddling is $12. Children 2 and younger are free. Noble Springs Dairy Farm offers other events too, such as private farm tours and an evening of Goats & Guitars (Sept. 16). Visit noble-springs.com to learn more.