Clarksville (Tennessee)

Clarksville is the county seat of Montgomery County, in Central Tennessee. Founded in 1784, Clarksville is one of the south's most historic cities. Today, visitors can experience that history through memorable attractions, unique historic architecture and a variety of annual festivals and events.

Steeped in history, Clarksville began as a settlement along the banks of the Cumberland and Red Rivers by Revolutionary War hero John Montgomery in the early 1780's. In 1785, Clarksville became Tennessee's first incorporated city.

Get in

Clarksville is conveniently located on I-24, at the Tennessee-Kentucky border, just 40 minutes from Nashville International Airport. Interstate exits 1, 4, 8 and 11 serve as city gateways. Several US and state highways also intertwine throughout the city, making the community easily accessible from any direction.


From the countryside to the riverside, the great outdoors or indoors, visitors to Clarksville have discovered top-quality amenities and natural resources that provide something enjoyable for most everyone. As Tennessee's oldest incorporated city, the community is steeped in history. Celebrating the heritage of the Cumberland River and its rich tobacco trade, unique downtown architecture and a living-history pioneer settlement are a few ways that Clarksville showcases the significance of its past.

Coupled with the city's fascinating history is a present-day community that is a progressive, vibrant and culturally diverse. The influence of Austin Peay State University, a regional liberal arts campus, and Fort Campbell, home of the 101st Airborne Division's Screaming Eagles, is evidenced through performing arts, festivals and events, shopping and dining.

Read on and explore what thousands of leisure travelers, groups and all sorts of event participants have discovered: Clarksville's hospitality, central location, scenic beauty and abundance of family-friendly attractions provide an enjoyable and memorable experience!

Historic Downtown

Restored brick sidewalks and intersections, period lighting, benches and planters, the Franklin Street thoroughfare represents the centerpiece of a re-emerging downtown district. Explore the area at your leisure by taking the self-guided Walk Clarksville tour. The area features:



Clarksville is a golfer's paradise witha climate that makes golf virtually a year round sport. "11th Best City in the U.S. for Public Golf" by Golf Digest, Clarksville courses offer beautiful greens at affordable prices.


Clarksville has a variety of bowling centers to choose from with standard to black light bowling. All offer bowling times and shoe rentals. The centers also offer snack bars and evening entertainment. Call the centers for open times and events.

Water Sports

The bounty of the Cumberland and Red Rivers is a haven for water enthusiasts. Whether you enjoy water skiing, jet skis fishing or just cruising the river, the area offers a beautiful setting for fun in the sun. The area's Cumberland River was named on of the top catfishing spots in the U.S. by Field and Stream.


Whether your preference is a large department store or a unique bargain haven - or something in between - Clarksville offers a full gamut of shopping opportunities. Some widely recognized anchor stores in or around Governor's Square Mall include Border's, Old Navy, T.J. Maxx, Hobby Lobby, PetSmart, and Linens & Things. If antique hunting is your ideal excursion, or you're looking for a truly unique gift or collectible, Clarksville has lots to offer in the historic downtown district or along Fort Campbell Boulevard. Fireworks can be purchased along main roads of Tennessee, and particularly on Fort Campbell Blvd. There are dozens of tents and full firework stores as you travel down the road. Fireworks are legal in Tennessee.


Clarskville is home to every major American chain and Southern chains as well. Sonic Drive-In restaurants and Waffle House restaurants can be found in abundance along with Popeye’s, Charlie’s Subs, Chik-fil-A, Jack-in-the-Box, Long John Silvers, and Five Guys Burgers and Fries fast food chains. Smoking is still allowed in some sections of certain establishments.



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Routes through Clarksville

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