Outdoor activities to do this fall

With a much-appreciated drop in temperatures, September 22 ushered in the first official day of to fall. People look forward to cooler temperatures and the leaves changing color and crunching under our feet.

Autumn is the perfect time of year to warm up with loved ones and enjoy what the city and county has to offer every seasonal fanatic.

Here are some things to do in Clarksville-Montgomery County:

Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch

“I know a lot of people go crazy for pumpkin patches,” said Clarksville resident Candance Vandermark.

Located just half a mile off Interstate 24 Exit 11, Boyd’s Pumpkin Patch is the perfect place to snap family photos in the fall.

In addition to photo opportunities, the patch features pick-your-own pumpkins and a fun corn maze for the whole family.

The patch opens on Fridays and is open daily (weather permitting) from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The corn maze is $5 for anyone ages 6 and up, and is cash or check only.

The address is 1425 State Highway 76.

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Fridays by the fire

The new pavilion features accessible bathrooms, parking and remodeled amenities at Billy Dunlop Park in Clarksville, Tennessee on Wednesday, June 24, 2020.

With a mix of arts, crafts, games, music, face painting and more, this family event is perfect for an October family outing.

The event will take place from 5:30 p.m. to 7:30 p.m. on October 14, 21, 28 and November 4. It is located in the large pavilion in Billy Dunlop Park. Admission is $3 per person.

The address is 1930 E. Boy Scout Road.

Historic Collinsville Pioneer Settlement

Guests can expect an authentic mid-19th century pioneer experience when visiting Collinsville Pioneer Settlement.

In the southwest corner of the county is the community of Southside, home to a 40-acre property that includes 16 historic buildings dating back to the 1830s. Each building has been restored to its original condition and features authentic furnishings from its time.

The self-guided tour allows visitors to walk through different parts of history while breathing in the fall air. Guided tours are offered at 1 p.m. on Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays.

Hours:

  • Thursday to Saturday: 10 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • Sunday: 1 p.m.-4 p.m.
  • Closed on public holidays
  • Other days and times by appointment for groups of six or more, or special events.

The address is 4711 Weakley Road.

Trek

hiking trails

Clarksville-Montgomery County offers a variety of greenways and hiking opportunities for people of all ages to enjoy the outdoors and the upcoming fall colors. To only cite a few :

  • Clarksville Greenway:
    • 1100 Pollard Road
    • Access points are located at Heritage Park, Pollard Road and Marys Oak Drive. Park only in designated areas. The trailhead with the most parking is at Heritage Park on Peacher’s Mill Road.
  • Austin State University Peay Greenway:
  • Dunbar Cave State Park:
  • Cumberland River Walk:
  • Liberty Park:
  • North Ford Mountain Bike Trail:
  • Spur Line Park:
    • Entrance is located at South First and Union Streets
  • Rotary Park:

Downtown Clarksville

The tour group heads to the Roxy to listen to Summer Sasarita share information about her past during a historic walking tour in and around downtown Clarksville, Tennessee on Saturday, November 6, 2021.

Leann Powell, another Clarksville resident, suggests, “Walk downtown! There are a ton of restaurants, the Roxy has one of its best actors yet, and it’s all locally owned!

Strawberry Alley has patio seating that allows guests to enjoy the fall season outdoors while dining.

The Roxy has a fun season ahead full of movies and performances, with some notable mentions being screening films such as Ghostbusters and Beetlejuice, and producing The Rocky Horror Picture Show throughout October.

The Roxy is at 100 Franklin St.

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Autumn celebrations

Fall festivals were a staple of my childhood, and there are plenty for families in Montgomery County to get your fix this year.

  • Goobs Small Business Warehouse 3rd Annual Fall Festival:
    • Sept. 25, 10 a.m.-4 p.m.
    • 260 B, 260 Needmore Road
  • Family farm party in the field:
    • 3293 Knight Road, in the community of Woodlawn
  • Walnut Grove Community Fall Festival 2022:
    • October 22, 3-7 p.m.
    • 1641 Walnut Grove Road
  • Fall Festival at Rotary Park:
    • Oct. 29, 11 a.m.-3 p.m.
    • 2308 Rotary Park Drive

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