Athens, Tennessee: Big Cows, Ice Cream - Dairy Tour

Watch the miracle of ice cream manufacturing. Pose with a 14-foot-tall cow in the parking lot. One-hour plant tour of the entire packaging process.

Mayfield Dairy

4 Mayfield Lane, Athens, TN
I-75 exit 52 (Mt. Verd). Turn east toward Athens. Drive four miles into town and turn left on Mayfield Lane. The Visitor Center will be on the right.
M-T, Th-F 9-5; Sa 9-2 (Call to verify) Local health policies may affect hours and access.
Tour $4.50
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Cow and mascot.

Mayfield Dairy Visitor Center

They have a fun educational tour of the Mayfield Dairy production plant! The tour does have a small fee but you get a big delicious scoop of Mayfield ice cream at the end! There is a large chalkboard for kids to draw on and there is a milking cow inside that you can actually milk.

They ask that you call ahead for holiday hours and if you have any groups.

[Toni Morrow, 05/29/2016]

Giant cow.

Mayfield Creamery - Giant Cow

This dairy cow statue greets visitors at the Mayfield Creamery. There is a 1-hour guided tour of the plant that allows you to view the entire packaging process from the making of the milk containers to filling and labeling of the final product.

[Vicki Stevison, 11/09/2012]

Big cows.

Big Cows, Ice Cream - Dairy Tour

We took the dairy tour, but they didn't have the ice cream tour. Tour guide said not until next March...

[Melissa, 05/22/2012]
Ice Cream Factory Tour, Big Cow

This industrial facility packages the yummiest milk and ice cream in the nation! Mayfield Dairy Farms plant, located about 4 miles off of I-75 in Athens, TN, gives free plant tours every half-hour all day long! Although they do not give free samples at the end of the tour, there is a Mayfield Dairy Bar where about any flavor of ice cream can be purchased for your consuming pleasure!

This was literally a "pull off of the interstate and turn right" experience for us. We are usually huge planners and stick with our trip plans. But we loved the huge brown cow that greeted us! It was very informative and the kids loved it.

Be warned: You have to wear hairnets for the tours and there is no photography allowed inside the tour. Try to go before lunch when production is in full swing. We stopped at 1 PM and some of the machines were shut down for daily cleaning and inspection.

[Trippin Lady, 07/13/2008]

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