8 Ways to Get Outside in Clarksville, TN

This Tennessee city is filled with outdoor activities

By Corinne Minard

If you’re looking for opportunities to get out of town, Clarksville, Tennessee, is just a car trip away. Northwest of Nashville, the city is packed with opportunities to enjoy being outside. We’ve named eight of the best below.

1. Explore Dunbar Cave. Located within Dunbar Cave State Park, this cave feature prehistoric Mississippian Native American cave drawings. Daily tours are available starting in May at 11 a.m., 1 p.m. and 3 p.m.

Dunbar Cave

2. Stroll along the Cumberland Riverwalk. The 1.25-mile walkway follows the meandering Cumberland River, providing visitors with spectacular river views.

Cumberland Riverwalk

3. Take a hike at Rotary Park. This 111-acre forested park has more than 5 miles of biking trails. While there, make sure to play some disc golf and stop by the 4,200-square-foot Nature Center to view its displays.

4. Ride your bike at North Ford Street Mountain Bike Park. Maintained by volunteers, this 3.5-mile trail was specifically designed for mountain bikes and features streams and dense tree cover.

North Ford Street Mountain Bike Park

5. Pick and climb a route at Kings Bluff. Climbers can choose from over 160 routes that traverse a 9.78-acre limestone crag. Located along the Cumberland River, those who complete the climb are rewarded with an amazing view.

Rock climbing at King’s Bluff

6. Make time to play inside the city. Downtown Commons is home to an interactive water feature, the Imagination Playground, six historic markers, public art and free Friday concerts during the summer.

Strawberry Valley Fountain

7. Learn about the region’s history. The Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement takes visitors back in time with 16 restored log homes and buildings that feature authentic furniture and artifacts.

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement

8. View the city’s public art. Clarksville has two-dozen sculptures and murals, including “Tennessee Triumph” and the Eternal Flame on Public Square, the “Bursting with Pride” mural of the city’s historic spires, and the Children’s Fountain on Strawberry Alley.

“Clarksville Starry Night” Mural