Clarksville, Tennessee is a legendary place that produces legendary people. Established in 1784 at the juncture of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, Clarksville is one of the state’s oldest cities. But, with a median age of 30, we’re also one of the state’s youngest cities. Development, especially in the downtown district, is thriving, with new independently owned shops, restaurants and breweries opening regularly. Our entrepreneurs are young with a deep passion to keep the city thriving. This immersion of new and old, hip and trendy set among the historic, creates a vibrancy and energy that defines Clarksville today.
Our rich history permeates our riverfront and gorgeous downtown architecture, but it’s also prevalent in our people. Home to two Olympic athletes — both of whom were trailblazers, champions, and indisputable legends — Clarksville is also home to an Army division filled with some of bravest men and women on the planet. The determination and tenacity found in Pat Head Summitt, Wilma Rudolph, and the troops who serve at Fort Campbell, are what propels our city forward while honoring our past.
NATURAL BEAUTY & OUTDOOR RECREATION
In a city with two rivers and 650 miles of navigable waterways, water recreation is abundant. Kayaking and canoeing outfitters offer outings from 2-14 miles giving both the skilled and the novice a fun and memorable adventure.
Miles of hiking in two state parks and local parks, a 9.3-mile greenway, and an extensive RiverWalk and connecting urban trail system give walkers and bikers a plethora of options.
Disc golf, mountain biking, rock climbing, and golf are also pleasant activities most months of the year during all four distinctly beautiful seasons.
Learn more at visitclarksvilletn.com/outdoors.
Clarksville’s military history spans from the Revolutionary War era through modern conflicts. The remarkably well-preserved Fort Defiance Civil War Park is one of the few remaining earthworks forts in the county. Constructed as a defensive fort in 1861 by Confederate troops to control the river approach to Clarksville, this scenic spot sits atop a 200-foot bluff overlooking the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers. Reenactment events throughout the year give visitors a glimpse of life during Civil War days.
A drive into rural Montgomery County transports visitors to a mid-19th Century pioneer settlement at Historic Collinsville. This 40-acre site features 16 authentically restored log buildings dating from 1830-1900. Each structure is filled with authentic furnishings. Historic Collinsville is open on Saturdays and Sundays, May-October.
Dunbar Cave, at over eight miles in length, is one of the largest in Montgomery County. Part of a 144-acre state park, the cave entrance remains 58 degrees year-round. One of the unique features of the cave is Mississippian native American iconography, dating from approximately 1350 AD. In the 1930s the cave became a hotspot for local bands and other entertainment. Today, state park rangers offer programming year-round, including guided cave tours May – October.
The iconic Customs House Museum, built-in 1898, has a unique architecture that you’ll not find replicated anywhere else. Its impressive myriad of styles makes the high photography building a Clarksville stand-out. It’s also an excellent source of educational, artistic and family-fun resources with both rotating and permanent exhibits. A massive train display and bubble cave are favorites for visitors and residents alike.
The city’s tobacco-built history is still evident in “ghost advertising” from building advertisements targeting river traffic, as well as existing tobacco warehouses. Try a leisurely downtown walking tour to admire the city’s historic churches, buildings, and residences, many of which were built in 1878 following a massive fire.
Learn more at visitclarksvilletn.com/history.
FOOD & BEVERAGE
The influence of the Fort Campbell Army Post, Austin Peay State University and international industries like Hankook, LG, Bridgestone and more, gives Clarksville’s food scene a surprisingly global flair. Enjoy authentic Korean BBQ, German bread, French café, Mexican bakery and more.
Still, no worries for travelers looking for a traditional Southern food experience – the city is true to its roots with plenty of down-home Southern fares like catfish, BBQ, and burgers.
You won’t lack for liquid refreshment with options like Old Glory Distilling’s whiskey, bourbon, rum, and vodka. Plus, six (and counting) craft breweries serve a diverse selection of artisan beverages. Beachaven Vineyards and Winery is a trailblazer in Tennessee winemaking. They’ve been filling goblets with award-winning wines for more than 30 years.
Learn more at visitclarksvilletn.com/food.
Clarksville’s affordability and central location make us a top family destination. With indoor activities like a trampoline park, blacklight mini-golf, high-speed go-karts, laser tag, and more, you’ll find no shortage of activities they’ll enjoy. Outdoors, beyond hiking and exploring, the Downtown Commons urban park features an Imagination Playground and Little River.
Learn more at visitclarksvilletn.com/attractions.
Clarksville hosts special events all throughout the year. From chocolate tastings, competitive gaming conventions, ghost walks, movies in the park, summer concert series’, art walks and reenactments to seasonal festivals, you’ll never lack for entertainment during your time with us.
Begin planning your trip today at www.visitclarksvilletn.com.