As a mom we tend to look for the best parks when we go out. Somewhere fun where we can take our little ones to for a fun day. Some of those places are hikes, parks, events, and so on. Well today I have decided to put together a list of my favorite and the best parks in Clarksville, Tennessee. Some of these parks have playgrounds, gorgeous hikes, walking trails, dog parks, and much more.
Billy Dunlop Park
This small park has a lot to offer. From the beautiful river (very first picture) where you can go kayaking and swimming at, to playgrounds, trails, and even picnic areas. Billy Dunlop Park looks it’s best during the fall when all the leaves are orange and yellow covering the grounds. The views are magnificent and perfect for a fun afternoon. You can read more about it here.
The Clarksville Greenway is one of my favorites for walking long distances. It is a paved path. When I go with my little ones we usually do a good 4 miles. 2 miles out and 2 miles back. There’s another route that has hills which is good for strength which I also like to do to get a good workout in. Other then that it is a beautiful paved trail sorrounded by trees and nature. You can find birds singing, deers eating, large open fields, and even the river running along side of it on some areas. I highly recommend this park for bike riding, jogging, skating, skateboarding, and other on foot activities.
Rotary Park is one of our all time favorites. They have a newly remodeled area with a playground, clean bathrooms, picnic tables, and trails to hike on that go along this gorgeous creek. There is always so much to do here. My daughter’s and I just recently went there for a short hike and then to play at the playground. They had so much fun. I would highly recommend this park to anyone as it is on the top of our list of favorites. You can read more about it here.
McGregor Park Riverwalk
McGregor Park is another one that we like to visit. Many of the events in Clarksville are held here. This park has beautiful views of the Cumberland River and a short walking trail right along side of it. They also have a playground, a small historical museum, restrooms, and even restaurants nearby for after the park.
Liberty Park is our second favorite park to go to. This one is located not to far down from McGregor Park and follows along the Cumberland River as well. They have clean restrooms, pavillions, longer walking trails along side the Cumberland River and the pond which is filled with ducks and geese. You can also find a dog park but make sure to look at their website here for requirements, rules, and safety.
Dunbar Cave State Park
Dunbar Cave State Park is my family’s third favorite park to go to, especially to find wildlife. About 80% of the time that we visit Dunbar Cave we always see squirrels and deers. They also have two hikes to do, a short loop and long loop, which both can be rated as an easy level. My youngest daughter (3 years old) does both loops without any help and small breaks here and there. You can read more about Dunbar Cave State Park here.
Fort Defiance Civil War Park
Fort Defiance is found close to McGregor Park as well. You can actually see their visitor’s center from the walking trail at McGregor Park. They plan to unite both trails in the near future to extend it. This park is very pretty and more out in nature. You can get some gorgeous views of downtown Clarksville from the visitor center. They also have a museum with history of this location from the Civil Wars. You can also find pieces of history along the trails. There’s no playgrounds but they do have a clean bathroom for you to use.
Valley Brook is a much smaller park located in downtown Clarksville, TN. It very beautiful and has a small walking path that loops around the park. You can also find picnic benches alongside the creek. They also have a playground for the kids to play at.
Hope my favorites will be your new Clarksville favorites as well. Don’t forget to check out my other Clarksville Posts to enjoy more of what this beautiful city has to offer.