Clarksville, the state's fifth largest city, lies northwest of Nashville along the border with Kentucky. More importantly, the Red and Cumberland rivers cross at this town, once called the "Queen City", where barge traffic still stops for business today. Visitors can delve into the town's heritage along the new Cumberland RiverWalk or enjoy college town amenities courtesy of Austin Peay State University, located here.
Clarksville offers plenty for the history buff. After a stroll through the historic downtown river district, options include the 1898 Customs House Museum & Cultural Center to see exhibits of local history or the earthworks at Fort Defiance, which held back the Union during the Civil War.
It would be easy to spend the day at Cumberland RiverWalk, open year-round. A wharf, playground, picnic area, amphitheater and performance stages are a few of the new park's features. Or, drive 10 miles south of town to visit Historic Collinsville, a restored 19th century settlement along the Cumberland River.
Fort Campbell, the largest military base in the state, is located on the Kentucky/Tennessee state line and is home to the army's 101st "Screaming Eagles" Airborne Division. Visitors may tour the base or head over to the Don F. Pratt Memorial Museum to view exhibits about the famous division.
Outdoor fun in and around Clarksville includes Dunbar Cave State Nature Area, a large cave located under 110 acres in the city limits. The cave, first used by Indians, was home to concerts during the Big Band era and later a country music venue. Activities include touring the cave, fishing at the 15 acre lake or picnicking. Upstream from Clarksville lies Port Royal State Historic Park complete with a covered bridge.
Cultural activities include the town's community concert artist series at Austin Peay State University which also holds exhibits, plays and other arts activities. Dining in Clarksville ranges from gourmet pizza at Blackhorse Brewery & Pizza Kitchen to gourmet dining at Hachland Hill Inn.
Clarksville is located about 55 miles northwest of Nashville on the Kentucky border off I-24.