Resting in the junction of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, Clarksville is one of North Tennessee’s oldest river towns, established in 1784. Clarksville boasts a historic downtown, lively university district, bustling riverwalk and an award-winning winery.
Things to do in Clarksville
Get a feel for Clarksville at the Victorian-era Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, which once thrived with the area’s tobacco trade. It now houses historical exhibits, art galleries, model trains and a sculpture garden. Liberty Park and nearby Clarksville Marina feature a large fishing pond and access to water sports and boating on the Cumberland River.
Stroll the Cumberland Riverwalk and visit As the River Flows Museum to learn about the integral role of the river in Tennessee. Ponder America’s rich history at Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center, which showcases the site’s role in the Civil War.
Visit the Downtown Artists Co-op to meet Clarksville’s working artists and browse the on-site gallery. For a night on the town, snag some tickets to Broadway musicals or Shakespeare dramas at The Roxy Regional Theater. At Dunbar Cave, you can catch a concert or just admire the natural archaeology and ancient cave drawings.
The Old Glory Distilling Company in Clarksville offers small-batch spirits, including a modern-day version of old-time moonshine. You can visit the tasting bar and schedule a tour of the distillery. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery offers tastings as well as picnic supplies and live-music events. In the university district, you’ll find plenty of craft brews and international cuisine.
Getting around Clarksville
City buses depart from the transit centre on Legion Street and service the main attractions and neighbourhoods. You can also take a taxi or rent a car from Nashville International Airport, located less than an hour’s drive from Clarksville.