Boating, fishing, kayaking, golf, disc golf, mountain biking, hiking, cycling, spelunking and rock climbing…how’s that for an adventure seeker’s paradise?
Adventure travelers will find all these activities and more, plus a surprising diversity of local restaurants and breweries in Clarksville, Tennessee, just 40 minutes northwest of Nashville on I-24 and within a day’s drive for about 66% of Americans.
Dunbar Cave State Park
Dunbar Cave State Park is one of the region’s most popular outdoor sites. This 144-acre natural playground includes almost five miles of trails, picnic areas, wildlife and seasonal cave tours. The cave is the only public cave in the world where Native American Mississippian Art dating to the 14 Century is visible.
The cave is also a stop on the Tennessee Music Pathways, celebrating its history as a venue for popular Big Bands in the 40s and WSM Radio broadcasts in the 50s.
The meandering Cumberland Riverwalk is the city’s crown jewel, where the whole family can enjoy walking, biking, boating or finding a swing to take in a spectacular sunset. The Riverwalk connects directly to Clarksville’s historic downtown restaurants, entertainment, shopping, and public art via the urban Upland Trail. At its opposite end (north), the trail intersects and follows the Red River for a six-mile out-and-back total.
Paddlers can launch from the Red River at six public access points. Kayakers and canoers can float for 2-14 miles with local outfitters, with stops for swimming and bluff jumping.
Rotary Park is a 111-acre forested local park with five-plus miles of hiking and mountain biking trails, creeks, playgrounds, disc golf and picnic areas.
You’ll also find large, open spaces for play and an impressive new 4,200-square-foot Nature Center with displays and hands-on activities that show the natural history of the area.
Cycling enthusiasts will enjoy a range of trails at North Ford Street Mountain Bike Park – from a newly constructed children’s area to technical routes that challenge even the most advanced riders.
Climbers of all skill levels will have fun and relish the bird’s-eye river views at King’s Bluff Park. The limestone crag is 9.78 acres with more than 160 routes traversing the Cumberland.