By Kathy Barnett/Senior Editor
First and foremost known as a river city because the Cumberland and Red Rivers join together in the downtown area, it is also popular as a retreat where you can unplug from the pressures of life and reconnect with your family, friends or even yourself. Today, a fully-developed and ever-expanding RiverWalk beginning in McGregor Park serves as a launching pad for many of the area’s recreational opportunities like kayaking, boating, fishing and other water sports. This two-mile RiverWalk along the Cumberland offers swings, rentable bicycles, picnic areas and a playground. As the River Flows Museum depicting Clarksville’s river history tells and shows the history of Clarksville at that point of the river from prehistoric times to present day. Plus, it’s the best place around to witness an awe-inspiring river sunset!
To extend your adventure, continue your trek along the RiverWalk and wind upwards into historic downtown via the connecting Pedestrian Overpass, Upland Trail and Spur Line Trailhead. But don’t worry, you’ll keep fantastic river views throughout this urban trails network. You’ll also see many of Clarksville’s historic buildings and cross two former railroad trestles.
Clarksville’s Blueway connects the Cumberland and Red Rivers plus other scenic creeks throughout the region. Outings from 2-14 miles for canoeing, paddleboarding and kayaking give both the skilled and the novice a fun and memorable adventure. The enviable Middle Tennessee climate makes water sports pleasant year round. Residents and visitors alike also enjoy activities like golf, hiking, hunting and fishing, road and trail biking during all four distinctly beautiful seasons.
A few miles south of the city limits on a sprawling 126-acre estate, is the Montgomery County Shooting Complex. (The drive through the rural rolling-hill countryside is an experience it and of itself!) This world-class dynamic shooting facility offers countless options available to all ages, including sporting clays, traps, skeet, tactical pistol ranges, 3-D archery and more. For the true Southside experience, bring a hearty appetite to the Southside General Store for some of the tastiest pork barbecue around.
Spelunkers and hikers will enjoy the popular and scenic 110-acre Dunbar Cave State Natural Area with dozens of varieties of wildlife. The adjacent 18-hole Swan Lake golf course is also a popular year-round destination.
Disc golf is a new family favorite in Clarksville. Rotary Park serves up a 9-hole course set at the back of the expansive wooded park. Heavy foliage lines most fairways, with elevation and creeks to add both challenge and natural beauty to your experience.
Don’t end your time in Clarksville without indulging your taste buds and absorbing the culture. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery, Old Glory Distilling and the Blackhorse Brewery & Pub serve our finest local libations. A multitude of ethnic restaurants will satisfy any international craving. Of course, you can also experience top-notch authentic southern fare like barbecue and catfish.
Clarksville’s picturesque historic downtown boasts local shops with one-of-a-kind merchandise, art galleries and museums, live theatre and music venues, restaurants and coffee shops.
America’s veterans around the globe know that Clarksville is home to Fort Campbell, headquarters of the 101st Airborne Division (Air Assault) and their famed “Screaming Eagles.” Yes, the Fort Campbell post office is officially on the Kentucky side of the state line (even though two-thirds of the post’s 105,000 acres are in Tennessee.) And yes, there’s still a friendly rivalry between the two states to claim the post and their own 65 years after its establishment. But, Clarksville offers combination of attractions and activities that make it an unrivaled veteran’s destination and America’s Welcome Home City.
In September, Clarksville hosts a Welcome Home Vietnam Veterans Parade. Originally created to honor Vietnam Veterans, the parade is now a tribute by Vietnam Veterans to all veterans and activity duty military – a special day for families, friends and all citizens to salute the service and sacrifices made by America’s Military. The parade includes color guard, dignitaries, marching bands, various Veterans units, armored vehicles and even local Boy Scout troops. Veterans from WWII, Korea, The Persian Gulf, Afghanistan and other conflicts, as well as men and women who served during peacetime, follow suit.
Power down and reconnect in Clarksville. Plan your perfect blend of adventure, recreation and relaxation at visitclarksvilletn.com.