The modern conveniences of fast-growing Clarksville are thoroughly complemented by its small-town vibe. Historical establishments stand beside modern stores, mixing the old with the new. Clarksville's diverse population appreciates the ability to get away from the stress of big city life while staying in touch with the modern world.
A strong connection to the outdoors makes Clarksville the perfect place to unwind. Several state parks and the Cumberland and Red Rivers provide residents with the opportunity to experience nature's calming effects. Walk along the riverbank, or in one of the local parks to relax to the soothing sights and sounds of nature.
One hour north of Nashville, Clarksville provides its residents with convenient access to the metropolitan city and its attractions. Clarksville residents enjoy a true taste of Southern hospitality, tempting them to stay for more of the town's charms.
HISTORY & CULTURE
Founded by John Montgomery, a well-known Indian fighter and Revolutionary War hero, Clarksville was established in December of 1785. Persevering in spite of frequent Indian attacks, the town used its ample farmland and access to nearby rivers to promote its dark-fired tobacco, bringing a steady influx of income to the area. World War II brought changes to the community with the establishment of nearby Camp Campbell. The post, sitting on 42,000 acres, became a permanent establishment in 1950, adding its numbers to the growing community. The local Customs House Museum and Roxy Theatre support a thriving artistic community. Beachaven Winery plays host to Jazz on the Lawn, a free concert that entices musicians and music lovers from around the country to the area each summer.
A mix of popular chain restaurants and local establishments offer a wide variety of dining choices. Popular locations are spread throughout the city and a good meal can be found anywhere. Open the door to the welcoming smell of freshly baked bread when stepping into Silke’s Old World Breads, Bakery and Cafe. Design your own handmade pizza or sandwich, choosing your toppings and pairing them with Silke's own fresh crust or artisan bread. In addition to traditional German fare, Silke's caters to speciality diets with a multitude of vegan, dairy and gluten-free options. Enjoy the work of local artists displayed throughout the cafe while you wait. If you crave something more exotic, try one of the designer sushi rolls at Kohana Japanese Restaurant. Cosy up to the sushi counter to try one of 70 classic rolls and signature rolls, such as the Kohana, the restaurant's namesake dish. If you're in the mood for something aside from sushi, enjoy one of Kohana's sizzling hot steaks in the restaurant's serene, minimalist dining room. Located in the heart of downtown Clarksville, Blackhorse Pub and Brewery is the neighborhood gathering spot. Offering handcrafted beer and classic food in a fun, casual atmosphere, the Blackhorse caters to patrons' palates. Locals rave about the restaurant's signature beer cheese dip, made with spicy cheese and the brewery's own Barnstormer ale. If that's not enough to fill you up, try one of the house's delicious speciality pizzas paired with a seasonal beer brewed on-site daily.
Located just off Interstate 24, Governor's Square Mall offers several local shopping venues. Browse for home goods at Target, or find the perfect outfit at Dillard's. Cross the mall to pick up your favorite scent at Bath & Body Works, or travel to nearby Nashville for high-end shopping opportunities. Stroll along Franklin Street for a glimpse in the windows of local boutiques. For all grocery needs, stop by the Publix or Walmart. Use your digital coupons at the local Kroger for substantial savings, or try the discounted prices of Aldi to stretch your dollar.
Taking advantage of the scenery of the Cumberland River, several walking parks populate the area. The Heritage Park Bark Park meets the recreational needs of dogs and their owners, providing a safe place to take your dog off the leash for a run or jog. The Clarksville Greenway caters to the needs of pets as well, incorporating handy watering stations along the hiking trails. Explore the cool, dark caves at Dunbar Cave State Natural Area, where visitors enter for free daily. Children can enjoy the indoor park at Kids-N-Play, a great location when the weather outside doesn't want to cooperate. Have fun with friends at the group exercise classes offered at the Clarksville Athletic Club, where the theatrical lighting spices up your routine. Use the 75-foot indoor heated pool for laps while the nursery entertains your children.
The City of Clarksville coordinates events throughout the year to provide fitness and leisure activities. Fitness events include the Queen City Road Race featuring a 5K and one-mile fun run, the Wonder Kids Triathlon and the 50 Plus Games. Family and leisure events and programming include the Clarksville Downtown Market, Movies in the Park, Riverfest, the Clarksville BBQ Bash, Christmas on the Cumberland, and many more.
A full list of events can be found on the City of Clarksville Parks & Recreation Website.
POINTS OF INTEREST & HELPFUL LINKS
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