Soon enough, the leaves will be falling from the trees and there will be a familiar crisp in the air. We might be a little biased, but we think Clarksville is the perfect place to spend a fall weekend. With such a mild climate, those visiting Clarksville can comfortably enjoy outdoor recreation activities through November. Whether you are wanting to learn about our history, practice your aim, or simply enjoy the changing leaves, there is something for everyone in Clarksville, Tennessee.
Yada on Franklin
You have arrived! After getting settled in at your cozy Airbnb or hotel room, head downtown to start your trip off the right way. Savor the meatball skillet and Italian sausage bolognese at Yada on Franklin or chow down on a juicy burger or prime rib grilled cheese at Mickey’s Downtown. After dinner, enjoy the arts with a live performance at the Roxy Regional Theatre or have a fun night of competition and brews at the Upstairs at Strawberry Alley.
In the mood for some late-night libations? Check out Trazo Meadery or The Vine on Franklin for an impressive selection of meads and wines. More of a sweet tooth? Stop by Frozen Fuel for made-by-the-batch ice cream or a fresh chimney cake.
Rise and shine, friends! If you are anything like us, you prefer to start your day with a dose of caffeine. Clarksville certainly has no shortage of coffee shops with many of them offering seasonal creations like a Pumpkin Spiced Cuban at Plumb Line Coffee, an Apple Butter Latte at Atlas Coffee & Co., or a Maple Blondie Chai at Founding Frothers.
Once you have your morning pick-me-up in hand, it is time to take in the fall foliage. The trees in Clarksville truly put on a show from the middle to the end of October when their leaves turn vibrant shades of red, orange, and gold before they bid us farewell for the season. Locals know one of the best places to enjoy their beauty is at the Clarksville Greenway, a 9-mile paved trail crossing creeks and winding through the forest. Begin your morning with a walk or bike ride on this popular leaf-peeping spot and be sure to stop for a picture at the Raymond C. Hand Pass, a 600-foot pedestrian bridge, before continuing your journey.
Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center
After your morning stroll, visit Fort Defiance Civil War Park and Interpretive Center, located atop a bluff at the confluence of the Cumberland and Red Rivers, to learn about Clarksville’s involvement in the War Between the States. Visitors of this historic spot can see the original outer earthworks, a powder magazine, and gun platforms. The 1,500-square-foot interpretive center gives guests a glimpse into the lives of several people who called Clarksville home during the Civil War and tells even more of the history of the area.
Spend some time exploring the arts and culture scene in Downtown Clarksville. Start your journey at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center. This 35,000-square-foot museum is partially housed in the architecturally noteworthy 1898 Federal Post Office and features several permanent and traveling exhibits for guests to enjoy. Children will especially love the newly renovated and interactive Explorers Landing and Bubble Cave located on the lower level of the museum.
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
Once you have learned the history of Clarksville, take a stroll down Franklin Street to admire the public art and historic buildings. Stop for some pizza, craft brews, and beer cheese dip at Blackhorse Pub and Brewery before continuing on to the Downtown Artists Co-op. This creative space allows local artists and artisans to showcase their works to the community, and gives patrons an opportunity to purchase pieces for their collections.
Something about fall makes you want to curl up under a big cozy blanket with a good book, a warm drink, and some vinyl playing in the background. Find all your fall essentials at our downtown shops. From records and books to home décor and fall fashion, you really can find everything you need.
When you have shopped until you dropped, head on over to Johnny's Big Burger, a true Clarksville classic since 1965, for a burger and their signature Bun N Cream (a fried honey bun topped with vanilla ice cream). After dinner, if you aren’t quite ready to head in for the night, check out Kings Bluff Brewery for some seasonal brews and great vibes.
Port Royal State Park
Serving the community for nearly four decades, Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch has certainly earned the title of a Clarksville fall staple. Pick the perfect pumpkin, navigate your way through the corn maze, and snap a photo on the Insta-worthy wagon. Once you’ve had your fill of pumpkins and straw, head down the road to Port Royal State Park. Take in all its autumnal beauty on a nature walk and learn about Port Royal’s connections to the tobacco trade and the Trail of Tears.
After all the fall outdoor fun, you are sure to have worked up an appetite. Head back into town and order some homemade creamy potato soup at The Gingham Café or try the Palette of Biscuits with your choice of jams at Dock 17. And what’s a perfect ending to a weekend getaway without something sweet? Before you head out of town, stop by Golly G’s for one of their fresh giant cinnamon rolls, a scoop of homemade ice cream, and a coffee for the road.