MilFam Travel: 10 Things to Do Near Fort Campbell
Right along the edge of the Kentucky-Tennessee border lies the 5th most populated Military installation in the country — Fort Campbell. Home to the 160th Special Operations Aviation Regiment and 101st Airborne Division, this post is inhabited by thousands of Military Families.
Lucky MilSpouses who call Fort Campbell home get to experience two states! Two-thirds of Fort Campbell is located in Tennessee, and one-third is located in Kentucky. From downtown Clarksville breweries to Kentucky national parks, there’s no shortage of things to do near Fort Campbell.
Here are 10 items to add to your list:
1. McGregor Park Riverwalk
Located in Clarksville, Tennessee, McGregor Park Riverwalk is the perfect spot for a leisurely stroll or afternoon picnic. Hugging the Cumberland River, this charming outdoor installment features benches, walking paths, picnic tables, and swings.
Whether you walk along the waterfront sidewalks or post up on a bench to relax, you’ll enjoy scenic views for miles. Once you’re finished soaking it all in, you can find delicious food and activities just a stone’s throw away. McGregor Park Riverwalk is surrounded by mom-and-pop diners, chain restaurants, and even shopping.
Local Tip: Come here during the holidays to see the park dressed in festive lights!
2. Blackhorse Pub & Brewery
Of all the food and drink options near Fort Campbell, Blackhorse Pub & Brewery is at the top of the list. From gourmet pizza and pasta to salads and sandwiches, their diverse American menu pairs perfectly with their line of unique brews.
The best part? The founder behind this downtown Clarksville hotspot is a former helicopter pilot for the 101st Airborne Division. There’s nothing like supporting a fellow veteran while indulging in flavorful food and delicious booze.
3. Land Between the Lakes National Recreation Area
Located an hour west of Fort Campbell, Land Between the Lakes is a haven for nature lovers.
At any given time, you can find patrons fishing, kayaking, boating, hiking, camping, or picnicking. Visitors also rave about the wide array of woodland creatures, from hummingbirds to bison. For $5 per car, families can purchase tickets to drive into a nature preserve to see the elk and bison.
If you’re not feeling “outdoorsy,” this expansive recreational area also features a planetarium, nature center, museum, and gift shop.
4. Mammoth Cave National Park
Visitors can choose from a self-guided tour (which does not require a reservation) or a guided tour (make reservations in advance). Make sure you take advantage of Mammoth Cave’s Military Pass to get in for free!
5. Road Trip to Nashville
One major plus of living near Fort Campbell: Music City is only an hour drive away.
If you’re looking for a day or weekend trip, buckle up your seatbelt and head to Nashville. Opt for famous tourist attractions like the Grand Ole Opry and Country Music Hall of Fame, or choose to go off the beaten path and explore up and coming areas like Germantown or East Nashville.
Whether you’re there for a few hours or full weekend, a stroll down Broadway is a must. Famous for live music and southern fare, this stretch of downtown Nashville gives visitors the full Music City experience.
6. Old Glory Distilling Co.
Despite being a young establishment, Old Glory Distilling Co. has quickly become a Clarksville staple. This artisan distillery is nestled in a 1940s-inspired space and features innovative spirits.
Choose from their signature moonshine, vodka, rum, or whiskey, or do a tasting of all four. Many thirsty visitors also opt for a tour where knowledgeable, hands-on staff guide you through the distillery and teach you how their liquor is made. Complete with a patio and outdoor green space, this is also an ideal venue for a wedding, corporate party, or formal affair.
7. Tie Breaker Park
Tie Breaker Park’s tagline, “Water, Sun and Family Fun,” describes this wet and wild establishment perfectly. Located in Hopkinsville, Kentucky, families looking for a respite from the summer heat can take advantage of water attractions like Hurricane Alley, Riptide Express, Ripple River, and The Splash Zone.
If all the splashing and swimming has your appetite worked up, head to The Snack Attack and refuel poolside. Their menu features classic comfort food like pizza, hot dogs, nachos, and soft pretzels, as well as refreshing ICEE’s in cherry, cola, and blue raspberry.
8. Beachaven Vineyards & Winery
Conveniently located off I-24, Beachaven Vineyards & Winery is a charming retreat for wine lovers. Offering free tours and tastings for only $5, the staff at Beachaven winery will treat you like an old friend as you peruse the breathtaking vineyard and vine making area.
Beachaven’s locally famous Jazz on the Lawn event draws music-loving crowds for an evening of melodic tunes, dancing, and food. Bring a lawn chair or blanket and you’ve got the perfect date night. If you fancy one of their wines in particular, buy a bottle to take home and snag wine-inspired gift for your favorite “wino” friend while you’re at it.
9. Liberty Park & Marina
Liberty Park & Marina welcomes boaters, kayakers, picnicers, and bird watchers alike. The quaint pond and wetlands attract a diverse array of wildlife, so you’re sure to spot some interesting animals as you stroll along the walking trail.
In addition to dog parks, swings, fishing docks, and exercise areas, this outdoor playground also features a delicious restaurant, Liberty Park Grill.
10. Fort Defiance Park and Civil War Center
As the former site of a Civil War fort, Fort Defiance Park and Civil War Center features breathtaking views, hiking trails, and of course, boatloads of history. Start with the 15-minute movie and move on to the interpretive center where you’ll hear and learn about the history of Clarksville and its people during the war.
Previous visitors recommend ending your adventure at the museum to tie it all together.
Whether you’re a history buff, nature lover, or adventure seeker, there’s no shortage of things to do near Fort Campbell. Not everyone can say their home spans across two states!
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