Are you ready for a Spring road trip? Or at least in planning mode for summer? Let these favorite spots inspire you to plan a fun and memorable vacation.
King's Bluff Climbing
For the adventure traveler, King's Bluff Rock Climbing is the perfect place for you. The limestone crag is 9.78 acres with over 160 routes up the Cumberland River bluffs. Primarily a sport climbing area, this area has routes ranging from 5.3 to 5.13 and will put your crimp strength to the test. But don't worry, the views from the top are a terrific reward for your effort!
Discover more than 20 pieces of art, statues and murals in and around downtown Clarksville -- all Insta-ready! You’ll also want to visit the Customs House Museum with rotating and permanent art and history exhibits. Plus, the newly renovated Explorer's Landing is a thrilling experience for children of all ages.
Rent a B-Cycle
Renting a b-cycle is a fun and different way to explore the city. Find stations at Liberty Park, McGregor Park at the Riverwalk, Downtown Commons, the Clarksville Greenway and on the Austin Peay State University campus. Find b-cycle guidelines here.
This urban hidden gem connects the Cumberland Riverwalk to downtown Clarksville and is one of the city's most interesting trails. See historic architecture, public art, beautiful spring blooms -- and plenty of Monarch butterflies later in the summer. Oh, did we mention the breathtaking river views?!
Spring means the fountains are flowing once again! Enjoy them on Public Square, Millennium Plaza and Strawberry Alley
Miss Lucille's Marketplace
You can find your fill of shopping in Clarksville with boutiques and specialty shops sprinkled throughout the community. But. at Miss Lucille's Marketplace, you can wander for hours and visit with hundreds of vendors all under one roof! Find antique, boutique, art, home decor, new, collectible, handmade and so much more. Plus, still under the same roof, you can also enjoy lunch at the cafe or a coffee or smoothie from the coffee shop.
Beachaven Vineyards & Winery
Award-winning wines and French-method champagnes are only part of the Beachaven experience. Take a tour and learn about the process that starts with growing a select variety of grapes. As the oldest single-family-owned winery in Tennessee, Beachaven has some fascinating stories to tell! Browse the large gift shop, and relax and shaded picnic tables amid gorgeous landscaping. (Pictured here is Tennessee's state flower, the iris.)
This 9.3-mile paved trail is perfect for every age. Bikes, rollerblades, and pets on leashes are welcome on the scenic trail which parallels the Red River. It's also abundant with native species of plants and animals, so you may want to enjoy a swing or bench along the way. Access the trail from Heritage Park, Pollard Road and Mary's Oak Drive. You can also rent b-cycles at the Pollard Road trailhead.
Dunbar Cave State Park
If there's a season that's not beautiful at Dunbar Cave, we haven't experienced it yet. Even before cave tours kick off each May, you'll find plenty to explore throughout the park's 144‑acres and 5 miles of trails. Wildlife viewing is always fascinating, and you can see turtles plus all types of birds, geese, ducks, and more. The area's distinct seasonal beauty is Insta‑worthy and kid-friendly year around.
Artwalk & Artists Co-Op
Find new exhibits and meet local artists and art patrons every first Thursday at the Downtown Artists Co‑op and several other downtown businesses. The Co‑op is a full gallery that offers jewelry and accessories along with a variety of gifts and all types of art.
Cherry trees, sunshine, and spectacular river vistas make the riverwalk a top spring destination for both residents and visitors. Bring a picnic and find a table or bench along the 2-mile meandering walking trail. A new section on the north end will open later this spring. The next construction phase includes a pedestrian bridge over the Red River, ultimately connecting the trail with the Clarksville Greenway.
Five miles of scenic trails are suitable for all ages at Rotary Park. Enjoy an 18‑hole disc golf course, bike trails, playground, picnic area and new nature center when you visit.
(Header photo by @michelleelisephoto.)
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