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All about Clarksville, TN

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 is diverse, beautiful, and a wonderful place to live!

A strong connection to the outdoors makes Clarksville the perfect place to unwind.  We have several state parks, plus the Cumberland and Red Rivers provide residents with the opportunity to experience nature's calming effects.  

Located just one hour north of Nashville, Clarksville provides its residents with convenient access to the metropolitan city and its attractions. 


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.  If you crave something more exotic, try one of the designer sushi rolls at Kohana Japanese Restaurant.  Located in the heart of downtown Clarksville, Blackhorse Pub and Brewery, Strawberry Alley, Founding Frothers Coffee, or Yada are some of the favorite neighborhood gathering spots.  


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.  


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.  


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.




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