As springtime blooms and warmer weather begins to beckon us into nature, it’s the perfect time to plan outdoor activities! Clarksville and the surrounding countryside bring abundant opportunities for exploration. 

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement in rural Montgomery County offers two special events during the month of May:  

Planting Day is Saturday, May 6, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m., welcoming green thumbs to assist with planting a 19th-century kitchen garden and a medicinal herb garden, along with beautiful blooming flowers throughout the property. Planting Project Volunteers receive free admission. Regular admission for all other guests is $8 per adult, $4 per child ages 6-12, and ages 0-5 are free. 

Celebrate all things “mom” with free admission for moms at the Mom’s Day Out event at Historic Collinsville, Saturday, May 13, from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Special event admission for all other guests is $10 per adult, $5 per child ages 6-12, and ages 0-5 are free. 

Visiting Collinsville gives guests the opportunity for a self-paced, self-guided stroll through a re-creation of the past with an audio tour. The 40-acre, open-air property showcases pioneer life from 1840-1900 with 16 authentically furnished buildings. See the earliest “first home” to the expansive Dogtrot House, a tobacco barn, smokehouse, church/schoolhouse, wildlife center, loom house, cobbler’s shop, teacher’s home and more. Picnic tables are placed throughout the property and a covered pavilion with tables and restrooms is also on site. Open Thursday – Saturday, 10 a.m. – 4 p.m.; and Sundays, 1-4 p.m. Located at 4711 Weakley Road, Southside. 


Other Stops for Outdoor Fun 

A favorite spring pastime for those who love local produce is the pick-your-own opportunities offered by farms in the area. Families and friends throughout Clarksville can often be seen walking the strawberry fields in early May. Not far from Historic Collinsville, H & S Farms offers pre-picked or pick-your-own strawberries Monday through Saturday from 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Sunday from noon to 5 p.m. Call (931) 387-4000 for more information. Located at 500 Seven Mile Ferry Rd, Cunningham. 

Rounding out the fresh produce tour is the Clarksville Downtown Farmers Market, which opens Saturday, May 13. This weekly open-air market features farmers and artisans who offer locally grown fresh produce, food items, and handcrafted products. Enjoy live music, meet the Market mascot, “Corny the Cob,” and participate in special events on select market days. Open Saturdays, May 13 through Oct. 21, 2023. Hours: 8 a.m. to noon. Located at One Public Square, Clarksville.