Find a variety of socially distanced activities for the whole family in northern Tennessee.
From biking to breweries, there is plenty to do in Clarksville this fall. (Photo: Visit Clarksville)
After spending so much time at home this spring and summer, many people are craving a fall getaway. But finding the right destination — one that is safe with social distancing, mask wearing and disinfecting — isn’t always easy.
Smaller-sized cities like Clarksville, Tennessee, are the perfect option. Clarksville, with its gorgeous fall colors, moderate temperatures and plenty to do, offers something for everyone.
Clarksville is Tennessee’s fifth-largest city — big enough to experience nightlife and culture, but small and quaint enough to take in the area’s natural beauty. And a variety of outdoor attractions, as well as businesses that are doing their part to make the city a safe destination, mean Clarksville is the perfect place to visit during the pandemic.
Ready to get away? Here are six great reasons to visit Clarksville.
Hiking, biking and recreation
Clarksville bursts with fall color every fall — and one of the best ways to see it is by hiking, biking and visiting parks throughout the city.
The 9-mile-long Clarksville Greenway, a converted railroad, is perfect for walking, running, biking or skating. The trail takes visitors along creek and river views, fields, bluffs and hills. Rotary Park, which has an ADA-accessible playground, is perfect for families — and the park’s disc golf course is a favorite for people of all ages.
For those who prefer a faster-paced experience, the family-friendly North Ford Street Mountain Bike Trail provides exhilarating hills, jumps and tight switchbacks. People who want to experience everything from restaurants, a playground and public art should take a stroll along the Cumberland RiverWalk, which connects directly to downtown via the Upland Trail. And history buffs should consider driving along the African American Legacy Trail, which includes 22 historic sites and points of interest such as the Mount Olive Cemetery and the Wilma Rudolph exhibit at the Customs House Museum.
An important location during the Civil War, Clarksville is steeped in history with battlefields, cemeteries and memorials that can be found throughout the city.
Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center is located on a bluff 200 feet above where the Red and Cumberland rivers come together. During the Civil War, the fort housed Confederate troops who defended the river approach to Clarksville. Captured by Union forces, the fort became a place of refuge for runaway and freed slaves. Today, the fort and interpretive center offer a wide variety of events and exhibits.
Other historic sites include the Battle of Riggins Hill, the site of a major Civil War battle in the Clarksville area; and the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center, originally built in the late 19th century as a federal post office to accommodate the high volume of mail that resulted from the area’s tobacco