Clarksville Real Estate and Community Blog

Feb. 12, 2015

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center

Whether or not you are a history buff, Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center is definitely an enjoyable place to go. This four-acre park features amazingly well-preserved earthworks fort, powder magazine and gun platforms, and peaceful walking trails around the earthworks of the original fort. There are also some trails meandering along the ridge to view the serene river with a lovely overlook of the downtown Clarksville.

The 1,500-square-foot Interpretive Center highlights exhibits about the life at the fort and the surrounding area during the Civil War era. It also presents a short film on local Civil war history, earthworks, overlooks and cannons on the grounds.


Fort Defiance was originally occupied by American Indians. The area became a trading center and settlement when white settlers began arriving in the late 18th century.

Fort Defiance, once named as Fort Sevier and again as Fort Bruce, was constructed on the property of Clarksville by pioneer Valentine Sevier. It was renamed as Fort Defiance upon completion. 

It was a cornerstone of the Confederate defense of the area, and then later on became an important part of the Union’s occupation of Clarksville.

During the Civil War, aiming to defend the river approach to Clarksville, the Confederate troops chose the hilltop as the best place to build a fort.

When the Union forces captured the Clarksville, Fort Defiance was abandoned by Confederate troops, leading to the fall of Nashville.

In 1982, Judge and Mrs. Sam Boaz donated the property to the City of Clarksville. 

In 2008, the City got a $2.2 million federal grant that was combined with local funding to begin the construction of the Interpretive Center and walking trails.


Exhibit: “Crossroads of Change: Clarksville, TN 1861-1865”

Discover early settlement, the secession debate and pre-Civil War agriculture and industry in Clarksville

Hear from Clarksville’s soldiers, slaves, and citizens about their experiences of the Civil War and Union occupation 

Check out the examples of the weapons during the Civil War and the clothing during the era

View and interpret maps 

Know more about emancipation, the freedmen’s camp and the United States Colored Troops located at Fort Defiance 

Watch a 16-minute film about Clarksville during the Civil War

Source: Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center Website



Annual March to the Past living history - live demonstrations of quilting,  clothing, children’s games, and period medicine as well as demonstrations of military camp life, drill, and firing of long arms and artillery.

153rd Commemoration of Surrender of Clarksville

         February 21, 2015 (Saturday), 10am-4pm

         Enjoy living history, musket firing demonstration, tour the permanent exhibit and more

Source: Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center Official Website


Contact Information

Website:  Fort Defiance Civil War Park  

Address: 120 Duncan St., Clarksville, TN 37040 

Phone: (931) 472-3351 

Fax: (931) 553-2432


Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center is a great place to go to gain more knowledge and better understanding of events of the Civil War and Clarksville’s role in it. It is a well-preserved piece of history that everyone can experience and explore, run by people who are very knowledgeable and passionate in helping people learn more about our history.

Been to Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center? Tell us about your experience by leaving your comments below.

Feb. 5, 2015

Rails to Trails Project: Clarksville Greenway

Rails to Trails Project: Clarksville Greenway

The Clarksville Greenway is a 4.6-mile, 10-foot wide beautiful walking, biking and hiking trail located on the outskirts of north Clarksville, TN. It follows an abandoned rail bend and stretches along a creek through a scenic shade of large trees. Clarksville’s “Rails to Trails” initiative aims to transform abandoned railroad lines and river corridors into walking and biking trails. The Clarksville Greenway is already gaining recognition for environmental stewardship and is loved by both locals and citizens outside Tennessee.

The Clarksville Greenway is a wonderful place for families or individuals who love to stroll, run, hike, wander or walk their dogs through a picturesque natural area. It also offers an alternative transportation from the downtown area to the north side of town. 

Benefits of a Greenway

Offers a scenic place for families and individuals to enjoy

Provides close to home outdoor recreation opportunities

Offers bicycle and pedestrian alternative transportation

Provides educational resources

Improves economy through tourism

Source of community pride and uniqueness

Provides flood storage and protection

Reduces erosion

Helps clean the air and water 

Provides home to native species of plants and animals

Preserves open green space


Two trail heads with parking

2.75 mile trail from Pollard Road to Sewer Treatment Plant

1.5 mile trail from Pollard Road to Mary's Oak

Trail system includes wooded areas frequently inhabited by wildlife

Pedestrian bridge features a 600' panoramic view of nature

Source: Clarksville Greenway Website


Contact Information

Address: 1101 Pollard Road

Website: Clarksville Greenway

Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department: 645-7476

Visit the Clarksville Greenway Website for Park Rules and Grill in the Park Policy.


The mission of the Clarksville Parks & Recreation Department is to provide a variety of positive recreational experiences to enhance life values for individuals, families, and our diverse culture. The Clarksville Greenway is the latest addition to the city’s recreational trails system, improving not only the life values of the citizens but also that of our natural environment.

Been to the Clarksville Greenway? Comment below and share your experience with us!

Jan. 31, 2015

The Roxy Regional Theatre

The Roxy Regional Theatre

Do you love live theater plays or would like to experience one? If you are looking for some reasonably priced fun for your family or friends, the Roxy Regional Theatre is a perfect place to go. The Roxy Regional Theatre is an award-winning theater and is one of Tennessee’s top tourist destinations. It is standing on a corner of the Public Square, located in the historic downtown part of Clarksville. It is the oldest live theater and the only professional theater in Clarksville, loved by locals and tourists alike.

For over 30 years, the Roxy Regional Theatre has been bringing live theater depicting modern dramas, popular musicals, classic plays and Shakespearean classics. The Roxy also stages class projects by the students of the Roxy School of Arts, presented in the OtherSpace, a 50-seat black box theater.

In addition to offering a wide variety of cutting edge plays and musicals, the Roxy also presents exhibits just beyond the lobby, highlighting the works of local and regional artists. The theater has also been used as a stage set for a lot of documentaries, films, photo shoots, music videos and television commercials; remarkably for Grammy-award winning song All I Wanna Do by Sheryl Crow.


In 1912, the Lilian was the first theater built on the corner of Franklin and First, which has been the pillar for Clarksville's entertainment community since the early 1900s.

The Lilian Theater caught fire in 1913 and was rebuilt in 1914 presenting silent pictures loved by thousands of patrons.

A second fire happened in the theater in 1945 and so the Lilian Theater was completely rebuilt and became the Roxy Theater.

The Roxy Regional School of Arts

The Roxy Regional School of Arts was born in 1995 offering classes to students at least 10 years old, who are interested in theater, as well as dancing and music. The instructors are the Roxy’s artistic director John McDonald and the members of the professional company.

Visit the Roxy’s official website listed below for more information.

Expansion Plans

Plans are in progress to expand the current 153-seat Roxy Regional Theater. It will be modernized into the Roxy Regional Center for the Arts and Education which includes art galleries, studio spaces, coffee and gift shops, classrooms for dance, art, theater, music and Kindermusic, a welcome center for Clarksville, and a state-of-the-art 500-seat performance hall. Worldwide known theatrical architect John Sergio Fisher created the model of the proposed building, drawings and a virtual walk-through.

For information about The Roxy Regional Center for the Arts and Education or how you can contribute to raising money for the project, contact the theater.

Contact Information

Address: 100 Franklin St., Clarksville, TN 37040 

Box Office Number: (931) 645-7699

Fax: (931) 648-9121


Contact Email:

Hours of operation: Contact the Box Office for show times and dates

Regular box office hours (9 a.m. to 2 p.m., Monday through Friday)


Did you have a great night out with family and friends at the Roxy Regional Theatre? Let us know what you love most about the Roxy on the comments section below.

Jan. 29, 2015

Travel Back in Time at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Travel Back in Time at the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

Have you ever wished you could go back in time and see the way people lived in the past? Well, we cannot physically go back in time or travel all around the world to know more about our history, culture, arts and nature. Thankfully, we have great places to visit like the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center is the second largest general museum in Clarksville, Tennessee. It is located at 200 South Second St., corner of Second and Commerce Streets. The entire city block measuring 35,000 square feet, highlights large gallery spaces showcasing fine art, science, history and spaces for children. It is the most photographed building in the area. The museum is in a magnificent, large distinctive Victorian 1898 building which was placed on the National Registry of Historic Places in 1972. 

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center has entertained thousands of guests over the years. The museum features permanent and temporary art, history and science installations that fascinate both children and adults alike.

Permanent Exhibits

Becoming Clarksville: Honoring Legacies of Leadership

Explorers’ Gallery – Raceways, McGregor's Market and Kitchen

Bubble Cave - learn about science of bubbles and caves

Memory Lane - life and history of Montgomery County

Challenges and Champions Sports Gallery - boasts amazing athletes from Montgomery County

Postmaster’s Office - Museum's history

Lucy Dunwody Boehm Porcelain Collection - porcelain collection of beautifully detailed birds and flowers


Temporary Exhibits

Divided Loyalties: Works by The Nashville Artist Guild (January 8, 2015 - February 22, 2015)

Right Before My Eyes: A Still Life Invitational (January 8, 2015 - March 10, 2015)

Miranda Herrick: New Work (January 8, 2015 - February 1, 2015)

Free At Last! (January 6, 2015 - Feb. 26, 2015)

Dreamer: The Art of Thomas Dodd (January 8, 2015 - March 8, 2015)


Permanent Collection

Consists of 20,000 objects

Art, clothing, tools, toys, photographs, and a variety of other artifacts associated to the history of Montgomery County

Collection of historical objects

Researchers can access the library, document archives and photographic archives


Model Trains

Interactive exhibit allowing visitors to control the animation of action and move the figures, automobiles and helicopters in the layout

Kimbrough Gallery – has one of the largest model railroad layouts in the region

Historical railroad poster collection - features the history of train travel displaying collectable model locomotive engines

Trains run every Sunday, 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm


Seasons: The Museum Store

Named Tennessee’s best museum gift shop by Tennessee Off the Beaten Path publication

Specializes in unique handmade art-inspired items by both local and international artists

Offers jewelry, pottery, art glass, and woodwork, home accents, exhibit-related items, seasonal merchandise, books, art prints, stationery and educational items for children

Offers gift wrapping and mail service 

Open to public Tuesday through Saturday 10:00am – 5:00pm, Sunday 1:00pm – 5:00pm


Programs and Tours

The Customs House Museum and Cultural Center offers Educational and Public Programs and tours for children, students and adults. The museum created programs to transport visitors to a different time to help them understand and gain more knowledge of the events, objects, paces and people in the museum’s exhibits.

Visit their official website listed below for the schedule, prices and complete list of programs offered and group tours.


Event Rentals

Besides the great exhibits and tours that the museum offers, the Customs House Museum and Cultural Center can also host both intimate and large special events like bridal luncheons, baby showers, wedding receptions, birthday parties, business seminars or retirement dinners. If you want to experience an exceptional atmosphere during one of the most important events in your life, just go to the Rental Spaces section in the museum’s website for more information.


Operating Hours

Tuesday – Saturday, 10:00 am – 5:00pm

Sundays, 1:00 pm – 5:00 pm


Contact Information

Official Website:


Voice: (931) 648-5780

Fax: (931) 553-5179

TTY: (931) 553-5101

Mail: P.O. Box 383 Clarksville, TN 37041-0383

Shipping: 200 S 2nd St., Clarksville, TN 37040

Jan. 24, 2015

McGregor Park & Cumberland Riverwalk

McGregor Park & Cumberland Riverwalk

The McGregor Park in the City of Clarksville, Tennessee is one of the best places to go for recreational activities and a great outdoor experience. It is located at 640 Riverside Drive, developed on the bank of Cumberland River and extends 2 miles along it. It is a family-friendly recreational area with smooth surface throughout, which is conducive for children, people with disabilities and wheelchair users. 

Throughout the year with its amphitheater, stages and a beautiful, lighted riverfront promenade, the McGregor Park is home to many festivals, concerts and community events such as RiverFest, Christmas on the Cumberland, and Fourth of July celebration.


15.0-Acre Park

1-Mile Walking Trail

Picnic Areas

ADA Accessible Playground (2010 ADA Standards for Accessible Design)


Boat Ramp to Cumberland River

As the River Flows Museum portraying Clarksville's river history

Open Air Pavilions

280 Foot Courtesy Boat Dock - for pleasure boats to dock temporarily while enjoying the sites of downtown Clarksville or just while loading and unloading their boats


Cumberland Riverwalk at McGregor Park

The McGregor Park is home to the internationally acclaimed Cumberland Riverwalk, the signature of the Queen City. For almost a mile in downtown Clarksville, Cumberland Riverwalk stretches along the picturesque east bank of the Cumberland River. The concrete walkway is stylish and well-designed with bricks and other ornamentation as accents, and lights line the path allowing for walking in the dark. The trail is open except for a line of eastern cottonwoods between the Riverwalk and riverside drive. At the south end of the Riverwalk stands a Bronze statue of one of the greatest Olympic athletes in America, Wilma Rudolph.


“As the River Flows” Museum 

McGregor Park also has a permanent chronological exhibit of the river’s history showcased in its museum called “As the River Flows”. It highlights a 12-panel history of the Cumberland River and its importance to the development of Clarksville, now one the fastest growing city in the US. Admission is free.


Operating Hours

McGregor Park - open until 12 midnight

“As the River Flows” Museum - open daily from 8:00 am - 5:00 pm


Contact Information

Address: 640 N Riverside Dr., Clarksville, Tn

Phone: (931) 645-7444

Clarksville Parks and Recreation - Phone: (931) 645-7476


Visit the City of Clarksville official website to see McGregor Park rules, boat dock rules and grills in the park policy.


Have you ever been to McGregor Park and Cumberland Riverwalk? Tell us what you love most about the area by leaving your comments below.

Jan. 22, 2015

Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell

Sabalauski Air Assault School at Fort Campbell

The Sabalauski Air Assault School (TSAAS) is located at Fort Campbell, Kentucky, home to the Screaming Eagles, the 101st Airborne Division (AASLT) and is the original military installation to offer Air Assault training. Air Assault is a combat insertion unit using helicopters to carry and insert soldiers into battle, provide close air aid, resupply operations and give medical evacuation. 

Sabalauski Air Assault School trains soldiers assigned to the 101st Airborne Division, FORSCOM service members and other units in the army. It provides a 10-day fast paced, physically and mentally demanding training. It started with two teams four years ago and now has four teams, developing over 3,000 soldiers every year (around 1,000 soldiers on the school ground every day) to become “Sky Soldiers” and earn Air Assault Badges.



• Rappel master training

• Fast rope insertion/extraction (FRIES)

• Special purpose insertion/extraction (SPIES)

• Pathfinder training

• Rotary wing aircraft

• Aircraft safety

• Aero-medical evacuation procedures

• Combat assaults principles and techniques

Here's the Sabalauski Air Assault School handbook



Zero - obstacle course and two-mile (3.2 km) run

Inspection - After the 6-mile foot-march on Day One, packing list is thoroughly inspected. It should be complete, clean and in functional condition. Points are deducted for any missing item. Here’s the complete Sabalauski Air Assault School packing list.

Obstacle Course and Two-Mile Run - 2-mile run then obstacle course. It has 2 major obstacle courses and 7 minor. Failing one of the 2 major obstacle courses or failing 2 of the seven minor, will result to the student being dropped from the course.

Phase One – Combat Assault 

Phase Two – Slingload Operations

Phase Three – Rappelling Phase

12-Mile Ruck March - Final event, 12-mile (9 km) ruck march which should be finished in 3 hours or less




Communicate with your unit commander for information on how to attend this specialized school.



3 Helicopter Rappels from 60 ft AGL 

2 Helicopter Rappels from 120 ft AGL 

Aircraft Safety Procedures 

Aircraft Orientation 

Hand and Arm Signals 

Preparation, rigging and inspecting sling loads 

Lash down internal helicopter loads



Lithuania-born Command Sergeant Major Walter James Sabalauski, who moved to the United States when he was a child, was an extraordinary hero, fearless leader and a kind-hearted person. He was a professional boxer with an exceptional record of only 2 defeats in 33 bouts. Due to an auto accident, he had to stop his boxing career, and in June 1941, CSM Sabalauski decided to enter the Army where he went to fight in Solomon Islands, Guadalcanal, the Philippines, Korea and Vietnam. 

Their mission in Vietnam in 1996 was considered CSM Sabalauski’s most memorable battle where he showed extraordinary courage and fearlessness. He defeated the enemy and evacuated his wounded soldiers, without even stopping to think about his own safety. Because of his remarkable and much-admired act of heroism, he was given the Distinguished Service Cross and Silver Star awards. He also received various awards such as 8 Bronze Stars, Legion of Merit, 4 Purple Hearts, 6 Army Commendation Medals, and 3 Awards of the Combat Infantryman’s Badge, 3 Air Medals, and the Master Parachutist Badge along with campaign medals for service in World War II, Vietnam, Dominican Republic and Korea.



Address: Building 6883 Air Assault Street, Fort Campbell, Kentucky 42223

Phone: 270-798-4410

Fax: 270-798-2113

Email address:

WebsiteFort Campbell Sabalauski Air Assault School

Jan. 17, 2015

Liberty Park & Clarksville Marina

Liberty Park & Clarksville Marina

The Liberty Park in Clarksville, TN (formerly Fairgrounds Park) is a remarkable attraction and a great achievement for the City of Clarksville. The Liberty Park is a family-friendly recreational area featuring boating activities, family restaurants and facilities for cultural events, parties and other entertainment and outdoor activities. It is located at 1188 Cumberland Drive, encompassing 130 acres along the Cumberland River. 

One of the great attractions at Liberty Park is the Clarksville Marina at 1190 Cumberland Drive. The development of the Clarksville Marina has been planned since 1976 and in summer of 2009, the actual digging of the marina basin started.


For boating/fishing activities:

Clarksville Marina

212 Slip Marina Facility (85 Covered Boat Slips) and Four-Lane Boat Launch/Ramp

12.5-acre Fishing Pond


For events:

4 Pavilions

Wilma Rudolph Event Center

Freedom Point Event Center – features Liberty Plaza, an entrance plaza dedicated to the 101st Airborne Division of adjacent Fort Campbell

4000-6000 capacity Amphitheatre for outdoor events

Multi-Purpose Sport Fields


2-acre Dog Park / Bark Park

8-mile Walking Trails & Bicycling trails

Community-built Playground

Picnic shelters 

Restaurants / Shop:

Liberty Park Grill

Cumberland Tavern (opening soon)

Bait and Tackle shop selling minor boating supplies, snacks and refreshments



Arboretum highlighting native trees of the region

Fueling station – gas is 100% ethanol free; fuel prices are updated weekly on their Facebook page Liberty Park Clarksville Marina and on

For Liberty Park Rules, visit Liberty Park and Clarksville Marina official website (link listed on contact information below).



Park areas – Dawn to Dusk

Marina and boat ramps – 24 hours/7 days a week

*Hours vary with season, and updates are posted on Liberty Park and Clarksville Marina official website. In winter season, some of their services may be limited.



Boats – call ahead at least 24 hours

Open air pavilions (except Wilma Rudolph Event Center) – first come, first serve; may be reserved for special gatherings

For boat rental rates and info, visit Clarksville Marina official website or call (931) 444-0646.

For Liberty Pak facilities/pavilions rental information and area reservation, email them at or call (931) 645-7476.



Address: 1188 / 1190 Cumberland Drive

Contact Email: 

Phone: (931) 645-7476

Official Website: Liberty Park and Clarksville Marina

Jan. 15, 2015

Fort Campbell Army Post: World Class Community

Fort Campbell Army Post: World Class Community

Fort Campbell Army Post, a World Class Community, is home to the 101st Airborne Division Air Assault - the Screaming Eagles, as well as to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment, the 5th Special Forces Group and the 31st Military Police Detachment. It is sitting on Kentucky-Tennessee border, at Exit 86 on I-24, located between the towns of Clarksville, TN and Hopkinsville, KY. Fort Campbell is about 50 miles from Nashville and just 45 minutes away from Nashville International Airport. 


Fort Campbell is one of the largest military installations in the world with a total size of 105,068 acres. With the total population of 13,685, it holds the 5th largest military population in the Army and the 7th largest in the Department of Defense. 

Active Duty - 31,092

Family Members - 53,116

Retirees and their Family Members and Reserve Component - 155,591

Source: Military Installations

Fort Campbell Jobs

Fort Campbell offers a lot of work opportunities making it a great place to live for soldiers and their family members. It is, by a long way, the largest employer in Tennessee and Kentucky areas. Besides the 30,400 soldiers on post that are the most evident labor force at Fort Campbell, it also provides work for 5,100 civilians in the area. The most common employment sectors are Retail Trade, Manufactory, Education Services, Administrative, Support, Health Care and Social Services, and Waste Management and Accommodations and Food Services. 

Another great program offered at Fort Campbell is their Employment Assistance for Spouses. It provides employment, seminars and training assistance to military spouses on and off installation aiming to help them with career establishment and development. 

For questions or more information about work opportunities in Fort Campbell, you can contact Employment Readiness Program (ERP) at 270-798-4412/4289 or visit the Fort Campbell official website.


Fort Campbell School Districts

Fort Campbell has 3 school districts:

• DDESS on post (Domestic Dependent Elementary School System) - Phone: 270-439-1927

        All schools on Fort Campbell (6 elementary schools, 1 high school and 2 middle schools) are located on the installation

• Kentucky/Hopkinsville/Oak Grove - Christian County School Systems - Phone: 270-887-1300

• Tennessee - Clarksville Montgomery County School System - Phone: 931-648-5600

Visit Fort Campbell official website for more information on On-Post and Off-Post Schools.


Fort Campbell Access

Fort Campbell is a restricted access post. All residents above 16 years old must provide photo identification before they are allowed to enter. Gate 4 and Gate 7 are open to people driving to Fort Campbell. They must present a proof of insurance, current registration and valid license to drive onto the installation. Same documents are necessary for people using a motorcycle, but the valid license must have an “M” designation and riders must wear complete protective gears.

If you want to visit Fort Campbell, you can do so by requesting for tours preferably 6 weeks before your desired tour date. You can call 270-798-9971 or 270-798-3500 to request more information, or go to the Fort Campbell and 101st Airborne Division Public Affairs Offices homepage.


On and Off Post Fort Campbell Military Housing 

If you are PCSing to Fort Campbell, the military provides two options for the use of your Basic Allowance for Housing (BAH). You can either live on post or use your BAH to rent or purchase a home in the nearby areas. 

4,000 homes on post provide housing to all ranks, and you can get houses with size ranging from 2 to 5 bedrooms. Fort Campbell requires all soldiers to apply in person at Fort Campbell Family Housing Office and family members living with them may apply for residency. On post renting is also available. You can contact the Housing Office at 931-431-9003.

Fort Campbell also provides temporary lodging for visitors. The installation has four Army lodging facilities with a total of 413 rooms offered. If you are interested, reservations should be made at least 14 days in advance.

If you prefer living off post, a lot of housing opportunities are available in the areas around the installation. A lot of military families find buying a house much more cost-effective than renting. Know more about Clarksville/Fort Campbell Real Estate. Resources are available if you would like to know the local real estate market or if you are searching homes for sale, buying and/or selling a home in Clarksville, TN or the surrounding areas. You can also contact a local Real Estate Agent.


Fort Campbell is committed to providing new and affordable housing, quality medical care, successful communities, great schools, recreation and leisure – ensuring a high quality of life for our soldiers and their families, thus making Fort Campbell, unquestionably, a World Class Community.

Jan. 8, 2015

A Must-Stop Natural Wonder in Tennessee Park List: Dunbar Cave State Park

A Must-Stop Natural Wonder in Tennessee Park List: Dunbar Cave State Park

Dunbar Cave State Park is a 110-acre natural area and is one of Clarksville, Tennessee’s most picturesque attractions. It is located 60 minutes northwest of Nashville and about 1.5 miles northeast of downtown Clarksville. Dunbar Cave, measuring over 8 miles in length, is the most prominent and one of the largest caves in Montgomery county, making the city of Clarksville one of middle Tennessee’s best-kept secrets

What’s Interesting about Dunbar Cave State Park

1. Great scenery

The day-use state park is much loved by both locals and tourists alike for walks along the serene trails and views of the manmade Swan Lake. Although the lake is not allowed for boating and swimming since it’s only 15-acres, people are still attracted to the relaxing and soothing view of the lake fed by cold, crystal clear stream that flows from the mouth of Dunbar Cave. Dunbar Cave, the 280th largest cave complex in the world, is a well-explored scenic and historic cave. Aboveground, it is surrounded by a beautiful hardwood forest. In front of the cave opening is a large concrete poured structure with 3 distinct arches.

2. Activities





Interpretive Programs


Wildlife Viewing

Because of the occurrence of White Nose Bat Syndrome, cave tours are suspended indefinitely to prevent the spread of this deadly fungus that plagues hibernating bats.

3. Trails

Lake Trail – Distance: 0.7 miles, Usage: Hiking, Difficulty: Easy

Short Loop Trail – Distance: 1.1 miles, Usage: Hiking, Difficulty: Moderate

Recovery Trail – Distance: 1.9 miles, Usage: Hiking, Difficulty: Difficult (has several steep hills)


Dunbar Cave State Park History 

The cave and its surrounding areas have scenic, natural, archaeological, geological and historical significance. Pre-historic American Indians dwelled in the entrance of the cave as evident by artifacts discovered by archaeologists in 1970s (dating back to the Paleo Indian and Archaic times, 10,000 BC - 8,000 BC). Inside the cave, pre historic pictographs have been discovered. A Mississippian cave art dating from approximately seven hundred years ago can be seen inside depicting religious themes.

In 1948, Country music star Roy Acuff purchased the property for $150,000 and aired a live country music radio show from the area, and made the cave a site of musical festivities and entertainment shows. In 1973, State of Tennessee Governor Winfield Dunn bought the property and designated it as Dunbar Cave State Park.

Who was Dunbar?

In 1784, the cave was named after the first settler to live there. Thomas Dunbar and his family settled the land containing the cave in, thinking he was the legal owner because he paid for it but never really got the deed. Robert Nelson, a local surveyor, won the land and Mr. Dunbar and his family was ejected but the name was retained.


Contact Information

Address: 401 Old Dunbar Cave Rd., Clarksville, TN 37043

Phone: (931) 648-5526

Hours: Open daily 

  • Park - 8:00 a.m. until sunset
  • Visitors Center - 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Seasonality: Year-round

Fees: None


Are you a nature lover who wants to live near this natural wonder? Check out Clarksville/Fort Campbell Real Estate for you to know more about the local real estate market and great and affordable houses for sale near the State Park. Or you can also contact a local Real Estate Agent.

Been to Dunbar Cave State Park? Comment below and let us know what you love about the area.

Discover one of Clarksville, Tennessee’s greatest attractions and explore the area’s natural, cultural and historic heritage! Dunbar Cave State Park takes pride in having hundreds of interpretive programs and events, family-friendly recreational activities, diverse natural landscapes and scenic and tranquil views. Take your daily dose of nature and you will never feel more alive.

Dec. 28, 2014

Austin Peay State University: Find Your Place in the World

Austin Peay State University: Find Your Place in the World

Austin Peay State University (APSU) is considered as the fastest growing university in the state of Tennessee. Founded in 1972 as a two-year junior college and an institution that trained teachers, APSU is now a public, master’s level university that offers four-year courses. APSU’s main campus is in downtown Clarksville, approximately 25 minutes from Fort Campbell and just 45 minutes from Nashville. The university has two other campuses: The Austin Peay Center @ Fort Campbell (Fort Campbell, KY) and Highland Crest (Springfield, TN).

Austin Peay State University also offers first-rate online programs in an effort to cater to students seeking alternatives to on-campus learning because of myriad of reasons like expensive tuition, budget l, family and work obligations. In helping students “find their place in the world” (which is the university’s motto), APSU has a course for almost everyone. It offers bachelors and masters degrees, with over 56 majors and 63 various concentrations. Here is the link to see the complete lists of APSU programs and degrees. APSU also offers a variety of scholarships and work study opportunity and is one of the most reasonably priced universities in Tennessee, without sacrificing quality education.


Centers of Excellence

Austin Peay State University features two Centers of Excellence - the Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts and the Center of Excellence for Field Biology

The Center of Excellence for the Creative Arts program allows students to have an exceptional understanding and familiarity in creative writing, visual art, music and theatre. The program offers unique experiences that will help students in facing the workplace environment or graduate school. 

The Center of Excellence for Field Biology lets students to conduct research in the natural laboratory in Land Between The Lakes National Recreation Area giving them opportunity to carry out hands-on bio-diversity explorations.


No. 1 ROTC Program

If you aspire to be in the military, Austin Peay State University has Army ROTC program with incomparable training opportunities including use of multi-million dollar simulation facilities, practical or hands-on experience with Army equipment and the Army Air Assault School. The university was given Five MacArthur Awards for the programs that have been making the highest quality officers in the nation each year. Since 2010, APSU’s ROTC program has boasted top cadets in Leader Development and Assessment Course (LDAC) training. In LDAC training 2014, three APSU students were recognized as outstanding ROTC cadets. APSU was also ranked number 1 ROTC in the nation in 2013’s LDAC training.


How is Peay pronounced and who was Austin Peay?

It is pronounced like the word pea or the letter P. In 1972 when the university was established, Governor Austin Peay, who was serving his third term of office, signed a law creating Austin Peay Normal School, the reason why the “Governors” is the APSU’s mascot. 


Living up to their motto, “Find Your Place in the World”, Austin Peay State University is committed to having an atmosphere of excellence and belongingness, without regard to age, gender, religion, ethnic group or race. APSU focuses not only on the educational growth but also to the artistic and personal growth of its students, directed towards achieving their mission “to contribute significantly to the intellectual, economic, social, physical, and cultural development of the region”.