Clarkesville is Tennessee’s fifth largest city, and the fifth-fastest growing city in the nation. Though less tourist-focused than many other parts of the state, there’s still a lot to see and do when visiting, ranging from mysterious historical locations to vibrant cultural events.
- Take a hike along the scenic Clarksville Greenway, a 7-mile paved trail built on the site of a former railroad track, surrounded by rugged cliffs and beautiful forests. If you’re eager for more, Clarksville has a number of other trails as well.
- Spend an evening painting at the Swirlz Art Studio and leave with a completed masterpiece.
- Go to Dunbar Cave State Park, a square dance and big band hotspot in the roaring ’20s, for some hiking, fishing and picnicking.
- Sample fine local wine, take a tour or attend a jazz concert at the Beachaven Vinyards and Winery.
- Check out the Old Post House, a historic stagecoach stop for travelers to and from Nashville.
- Bring the family to Kids-n-Play, an indoor kiddie-entertainment area with a three-level bridge-and-tunnel play structure, bungee trampolines, arcade games, a snack bar and a toy town.
- Enjoy theatre? See a show at the Roxy Regional Theatre, with professional productions of Shakespeare, musicals, and a wide variety of other plays.
- Stop by the square in front of Clarksville City Hall on a Saturday for the Montgomery County Farmer’s Market, featuring produce, live music, and local crafts.
- Visit the Customs House Museum & Cultural Center: built in 1898 as a post office designed to handle the international correspondence of the local tobacco industry, today it’s a museum of history, science and art.
- Attend a race at the Clarksville Speedway—whether dirt track, dragstrip, go-kart or nitro racing is your thing, the roaring tracks will entertain.
- Tour the cabin, kayak the Red River or explore Bell Witch Cave itself—site of one of America’s most famous hauntings, of which Andrew Jackson was quoted as saying “I had rather face the entire British Army than to spend another night with the Bell Witch.”
- Visit the Smith-Trahern Mansion, another potentially-haunted house in the area, though this one is much more opulent.
- If you’re in the area during the autumn, pick some fruit at Sango Mills, a farm and bakery/restaurant featuring pies and cider.
- Learn about the conflicts between Union and Confederate troops in the area at the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center.
- Rent a boat at the Clarksville Marina and enjoy the beautiful Cumberland River.