5 Spots for a Beautiful Spring Hike

Author:Michelle Dickerson
Friday, April 13, 2018

This winter has lingered a little too long for most of us here in Clarksville. Now that Spring and 70-degree weather and beautiful blooming trees are here, we’re heading outside and enjoying the trails! Here are five picks that are sure to make you appreciate warmer weather and Clarksville's natural beauty!



The Clarksville Greenway

You can definitely abandon the hurries of the city at the Clarksville Greenway. This 9-mile paved walking and biking trail along the Red River and West Fork Creek is a scenic trail that includes a variety of hills and flat sections. You’ll see native species of plants and animals, bluff walls, tree canopies, overlooks, and a 600-foot pedestrian bridge. Benches are scattered along the trail and restrooms are available. (Photo by Lucas Chambers.)


Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave is one of Clarksville’s most popular outdoor spots, especially in the Spring and Fall. This 110-acres natural playground includes almost four miles of hiking or walking trails, picnic areas, wildlife and a Visitor Center. Three trails in varying lengths all take you past the cave entrance and around the lake. Guided cave tours will begin May 2. (Photo by Shana Thornton.)


Rotary Park

You’ll have a hard time believing you’re still in the city at Rotary Park, a 111-acre natural area with six miles of hiking and biking trails, a creek, picnic areas, disc golf course and an ADA accessible playground. Trails are mostly heavily wooded with plenty of wildflowers, and the winding wide creek makes the area particularly scenic (plus it’s a fun way to cool down!) (Photo by Lucas Chambers.)


Billy Dunlop Park

The Red River wraps around the 30-acre Billy Dunlop Park. You can fish, swim, launch a kayak, picnic or enjoy a 2.2-mile walking trail in the tranquil setting. A picturesque bridge over the river is a highlight. (Photo by Michael Glaze, Jr.)


Cumberland RiverWalk & Upland Trail

Our family loves hiking, but we also love urban trails. Clarksville’s RiverWalk and Upland Trail combo is scenic, interesting, and popular! The RiverWalk proper is a two-mile promenade with a new extension opening this Spring taking it all the way to the Red River Bridge. We love the connection to downtown via the Pedestrian Overpass to the Upland Trail with its extensions and spurs. You’ll see public art, historic buildings, cross a rail road trussle and explore for about 4 miles.


Have another favorite Clarksville trail? Share a picture on Instagram and tag us at #myclarksvillefun or #visitclarksvilletn.


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