Just an hour north of Nashville, the idyllic college town of Clarksville makes use of its Cumberland River perch and wooded surrounds with ample outdoor activities throughout the year. Here are some fun spring and summer attractions not to miss next time you're passing through.
Beachaven Vineyard & Winery
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This small, laid-back winery boasts a handful of different varieties, a gift shop and a cozy tasting room where visitors can indulge in complimentary samples. Late spring through early fall at the vineyard feature a bevy of free activities like the popular Jazz on the Lawn every other Saturday starting in May and DJ on the Dock, themed food truck parties one Thursday a month from April through October. On June 11, the winery will celebrate its 30th birthday with an entire day of festivities scheduled.
Starting in late May, more than 70 vendors set up shop in the City Hall parking lot every Saturday through October, and there's nowhere better to stock up on local food, produce and handmade products.
Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
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This downtown Clarksville staple is in its 25th year and has become an institution beloved by locals, tourists and military stationed at Fort Campbell. Blackhorse features a mix of American-style pub grub, cocktails and its own brand of microbrews on tap, which it recently started canning, too.
Dunbar Cave State Park
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For the outdoorsy set, Clarksville delivers in spades through a number of hikes in the vicinity, as well as spots like Dunbar Cave State Park, which is no more than two miles from downtown. Caves and sinkholes crisscross this 110-acre natural area with the eponymous Dunbar Cave and Swan Lake, rife in angling and other wildlife spotting opportunities, being highlights. Cave tours with a park ranger are available from May through July, and there are a number of trails traversing the park.
Old Glory Distilling Co
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Specializing in hand-crafted, small-batch spirits, Old Glory is the brainchild of Clarksville native and firefighter Matt Cunningham, who distills a varied mix of Tennessee whiskey, vodka, rum and "smooth" moonshine. Though the 20,000-square-foot distillery has been hosting special events for several months now, it will soon open to the general public for tours, tastings and more.