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Clarksville, Tennessee has fast become one of our favorite small towns to explore. My husband and I, in particular, enjoyed how easy it was to get around the downtown area. And while it is a small town, there is no shortage of things to see, places to eat, interesting shopping, and activities. Even though I meandered much on my own, I created my own walking tour of Clarksville.
Walking Tour of Downtown Clarksville
Start at the Riverview Inn, the hotel offering panoramic views of the Cumberland River and downtown Clarksville.
Walking South on the Historic Public Square, you’ll pass the Pillar of Cloud monument. This eternal flame is a tribute to guide the troops home.
At the end of the street, you can rent a BCycle to bike around town and on the trails.
Take the public square street to Spring Street to catch the Upland Bike Trail– a short mile round trip bike trail, or continue down College street to Riverside Drive for the Cumberland Riverwalk trail.
Once you return bikes, head east on Franklin Street. Here you’ll pass by plenty of beautiful historic buildings, including the Roxy Regional Theatre.
The Bursting with Pride Mural showcases the history of Clarksville. Across the street, pause to let Clarksville’s Frank Sutton yell at you the way he might have as Sergeant Vince Carter on Gomer Pyle.
Continue east on Franklin Street. You’ll also see the Millenium Fountain.
We enjoyed our visit to the HUDUBAM Book traders store. I’d recommend stopping in here and many of the other shops along the way.
Stop in for Lunch at Blackhorse Pub & Brewery.
At 3rd street, take a right, heading south. You’ll see the Montgomery County Courthouse, and at this corner, the statue of Nora Witzel.
Continue on 3rd to Madison Street, and turn left heading east. From here you’ll see the Madison Street United Methodist Church. Keep going until you see the Clarksville Starry Night Mural, a full mural in the style of Van Gogh’s Starry night with Clarksville landmarks within the mural.
You can continue heading east on Madison for more historic homes and churches.
Otherwise, take a right on Hiter Street heading north, next to the Methodist Church.
Visiting the Custom’s House
Next, take a left on Commerce Street where you’ll pass “The Day After” and arrive at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center.
Plan to spend 1-2 hours here exploring Clarksville‘s history. The Custom’s House is a unique architectural building housing a general interest museum. At first, what seems to be a hodgepodge of historical artifacts, it is a unique eclectic collection of Clarksville itself. From the Pre-Revolutionary war to the history-making citizens, the Customs House has something for everyone, including kids.
Once you’ve exited the Custom’s House, take a left on Commerce and a right on 1st Street, heading north. You’ll pass a few more shops and the John Montgomery Statue.
Double back and visit Strawberry Alley. Here you’ll find the Children’s Fountain and three of our favorite food stops in Clarksville. Strawberry Alley Ale Works, Roux, and Frozen Fuel. Make a note and plan to come back.
At the end of the Alley, pop back over to Franklin Street to see the gorgeous Trinity Episcopal Church and back up 3rd to the First Presbyterian Church.
Finally, end your walking tour of Clarksville at the Downtown commons square, a lovely gathering place documenting the history and weather-related tragedies occurring in this area.
The public square is a great place to let children run around and even has giant building blocks to play with. Check the events page for free concerts.