Clarksville Greenway

Posted By on April 26, 2021

Clarksville Greenway

4.3 miles; 83 ft. total ascent; Clarksville, TN

Visiting with family (FINALLY!) in Central Tennessee, and my sister-in-law and I felt like getting out and doing some walking, so we chose this local greenway/rails-to-trails path in Clarksville. [Insert Monkees song lyrics here]


It was a flat paved walk that was getting a lot of use this April morning.

The Trail

As you can see, the trees were almost completely leafed out, and there were lots of spring ephemerals to be seen.

Purple Phacelia (Phacelia bipinnatifida)

This in particular caught our eye. It was spread out over a slope in a mass of purple. Really lovely. Gonna have to see if I can find some!

Cannonball Chert in Limestone

We also saw these very cool looking rock formations. Apparently it’s chert, a hard mineral, embedded in limestone. As the limestone erodes it leaves these tubes and balls of the harder chert. It was a good reminder to “Always Read the Plaque.” We would have been quite mystified without it.

You can find out more about the Clarksville Greenway from this website. And as always, click the image above for details about this hike and to download the gps track.


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