updated November 10, 2022
Who doesn't love to take gram-worthy pictures? Photos capture important moments in life that we all-too-soon forget. These days, we also all aim for likes, shares and comments in the social realm with the ultimate pursuit of "going viral." Clarksville's abundant natural beauty, high-profile public art and dramatic historic architecture provide ample opportunities to inspire your creativity and help up your photography game. Here are some of the most popular #VisitClarksvilleTN places that make it easy to take fantastic shots!
1. Customs House Museum
Whether by day or by night, the Customs House Museum is awe-inspiring. The historic section was built in 1898 as a U.S. customs house and post office. A more modern addition came in 1996. The stunning sites aren't limited to the outside. Enjoy art, history, and interactive areas inside that the kids will love.
2. God Bless Clarksville Mural
Find the God Bless Clarksville Mural, by local artist Olasubomi Aka-Bashorun, on the Strawberry Alley side of Mildred & Mabel's. The bicycle adds a seasonal flair and you can see how fun posing there can be. Conveniently across the street is Strawberry Alley Ale Works where you can enjoy food and craft beers in a fun environment, inside or out.
3. Rotary Park
Rotary Park is a photographer's dream in every season. With wooded trails and flowing creeks, plus a new nature center, you'll want to plan several hours here.
4. Historic Franklin Street
Franklin Street is Clarksville's downtown "Main Street" with shopping, pubs, restaurants, entertainment and art. And the architecture, as you can see, is a bit quite dazzling.
5. Liberty Park
Liberty Park is a large city park adjacent to the Cumberland River. The pond is a favorite among bird-watchers, and bronze statues of two Clarksville-born gold medalists anchor both ends.
6. Clarksville Starry Night
Clarksville Starry Night is a 120' mural that depicts some of the city's iconic landmarks in Van Gogh's Starry Night style. Local painter Olasubomi Aka-Bashorum created the impressive display.
7. Dunbar Cave State Park
Judging from photos, you might have a hard time believing this 144-acre preserve is in the middle of the city bordered by busy thoroughfares! Clarksville and the surrounding area is riddled with caverns and sinkholes, but this one's quite exceptional at 8-miles in length. Wildlife, trails and spectacular fall color are bonuses!
8. King's Bluff
King's Bluff in Middle Tennessee and Southern Kentucky's designated rock climbing locale. Climbs vary in difficulty and technicality, so it's a good spot for kids and novices, as well as more advanced climbers. Please remember to help keep the area clean and take out everything you bring in.
The Clarksville Greenway is nine miles of scenic wonders. From bluff-lined areas to expansive fields, the vantage points are all photogenic! Top of the list, by far though, is Hand Pass, a 600-foot pedestrian bridge. If you want to trek the entire trail, consider cycling or renting a BCycle at the Pollard Road trailhead.
10. Upland Trail
The Upland Trail is one of Clarksville's best-kept secrets. Hop on at Spur Line Park, Public Square, or at the Pedestrian Overpass which connects the trail to the Riverwalk.
11. Cumberland Riverwalk
When you grow up with a river nearby, you tend to take the beauty of its grandeur for granted. But people travel from around the region for an afternoon just to soak up its beauty. In Clarksville, we're blessed with two! The Cumberland and Red converge and the Riverwalk trail system gives visitors nice, long views of both.
SO MANY MORE
Spots 12-25 are no less spectacular and if you've made it this far in the blog, you'll be rewarded. Click on the gallery photos for location and attraction details.
Where to Find the 25 Scenic Places Guide
- Download the VisitClarksvilleTN App or Click the Build Your Trip Button at the bottom right of this screen then click on Trails to route your course and explore. Check in at the required number of places to earn a custom-designed Challenge Pin!
- Download a Printed 25 Scenic Spots Guide in English or Spanish.
- Pick up a printed copy at the Customs House Museum, Exit 4 Visitor Center (180 Holiday Drive), or Visit Clarksville Admin Office (25 Jefferson Street, Suite 300.)
Whenever you travel in Clarksville, we'd love to showcase your pictures in our website galleries, future blogs, or our social channels. Use #VISITCLARKSVILLETN in your Instagram or Twitter pics and we'll connect with you for permission to share. In the meantime, follow our social channels for more photos and travel planning inspiration.