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Clarksville Local History

In 1836 the County Seat was established in the area, after Mr. Josiah Cravens offered 1/4 mile square on Spadra Creek free to the Commissioners. Clarksville was named honouring Loenzo N. Clarke, another important land owner of the County, and one of the Commissioners who was chosen to locate the County Seat. As early as 1828 there were a few white settlers, and still some Indians, in the area. Numerous wagon trains from Tennessee, North Carolina, South Carolina, Georgia and Kentucky brought many of the early settlers. They were all looking for good farm land and plenty of water. Clarksville was incorporated December 21, 1848.

The first Spadra Creek Bridge was built in 1852. The same location has been used for every bridge that has been built ascending East Hill, on East Main Street, as have the same locations been used for the Court House, as the first one built in 1838. Every Methodist Church since the first one built in 1843, has been built on the same location. The first Educational Association in the State was organized in Clarksville, April 12, 1869, and was incorporated on February 23, 1881.

The College of the Ozarks originated in Cane Hill, Arkansas, Washington County in 1834, was chartered in 1852, then was moved to Clarksville in 1891.

Clarksville Attractions

Clarksville Shopping

Oark General Store - The Oark General Store was built circa 1902 with siding added in 1942 and two additions made to the structure in 1943 and 1995. It was listed as a historical building in 1995, and was one of the first general stores in the history of Clarksville. It still operates as a store, offering a variety of goods. Located East of Highway 215. .

Downtown Clarksville is a good option for specialty shopping needs. The streets are lined with numerous little clothing, jewelry, retail and gift shops. Visitors can pick and choose between really cheap merchandise, to exclusive and expensive designer items. All the stores are easily accessible by foot, being close to each other. Look around before buying, you might find the same article you were interested in somewhere else, and cheaper. And do remember to wear comfortable shoes, you might get carried away and the area is quite vast.

Clarksville Activities

City Park - The City Park offers a playground, swimming and picnic facilities, a softball field. There is plenty opportunity to burn that access energy, and parents might enjoy the break too..

The incredible scenic panorama of Johnson County offers an ideal setting for all types of recreational activities. Fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, to name but a few. The City parks, softball complex, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pool, riverfront pavilions, hiking trails and a family fishing pond in the Clarksville city park, offers younger visitors a chance to enjoy themselves and to create some unforgettable experiences. Be sure to take you children to Cline Park. They will enjoy feeding the ducks at the local lake..

Big Piney Creek Bridge - This is a sight-seeing destination that will impress visitors of all ages. Situated in the scenic mountains of the Ozark National Forest, the Big Piney Creek Bridge was built in 1931, and is a one lane, steel Warren truss of total length of 461 feet. This version of the Warren truss is unusual in that it uses verticals and diagonal and vertical sub-struts. Big Piney Creek Bridge is in good condition and is being maintained as vehicular bridge. Located on State Highway 123.

Clarksville Parks & Gardens

Horsehead Lake - Is a 98-acre mountain lake with 10 family camping units. Centrally located flush restrooms, and drinking water is available. Camping trailers are allowed, but no special facilities are available. There are 12 family picnicking units, and the park provides for people with special needs, providing one picnicking unit for the handicapped, and a handicapped toilet. There is also a bathhouse with showers, and a beach. Children can enjoy the playground, and there is also boating and a launch ramp with wake limit on the lake. Horsehead Hiking Trail is good for short-term day hikes, rather than long distance backpacking. It provides a variety of experiences, with a distance of 3.0 miles in length. The trail is constructed in a loop to return the hiker to the point of beginning. The lake is located 8 miles northwest of Clarksville, on State 103. Tel: 479/754-2864.

Wolfpen Recreation Area - The recreation area is adjacent to the Mulberry River. It has canoe ramp access to the river and is very popular with canoeists. There are 6 primitive camping units, available space for small camping trailers, 5 family picnic units, chemical toilets, drinking water, good fishing and hunting in season. Wolf Pen is 13 miles east of Hwy 23. This route has a scenic view of the Mulberry river and rock bluffs. Or take Arkansas 103 North from Clarksville for 22 miles, crossing over Yarbrough Mt. with a great view of the Arkansas River Valley.

Ozone Campground - The campground site is situated in tall pine timber. There are 8 family camping units, camping trailers are allowed but no special facilities are available. Good picnicking, hunting in season, with access to the Ozark Highlands Hiking trail. Trail head parking is just across the highway from the camping ground. Ozone Campground is located 18 miles north of Clarksville on State 21 and is open all year. Tel: 479/754-2864.

Lake Ludwig - 10 miles south of Ozone, or 8 miles north of Clarksville, is Lake Ludwig. It offers a covered picnic pavilion, which is also wheel chair accessible. There are also swimming, boating, picnicking, fishing and water skiing, but no camping facilities are available. Tel: 479/754-2864.

Clarksville Restaurants and Bars

Poultry is a sure state favourite, which is no surprise. Arkansas leads the nation in commercial chicken farming. Visitors can order it prepared in their favourite way: fried, baked, roasted, in soups and sandwiches, tossed in salads, covered with special sauce or the ultimate comfort food, chicken and dumplings. .

Homemade yeast rolls and cornbread make a tasty accompaniment, as does a frosty mug of iced tea or glass of Arkansas wine. Just be sure to save room for dessert and coffee or perhaps a specialty ale from an Arkansas micro brewery.

Clarksville Restaurants

Taqueria Las Torres - This is a small, Mexican restaurant, aimed at the local Mexican residents. The food is good and simple, and be sure to try some of the entrees on the menu. Visitors might want to brush up on their Spanish when visiting this spot, as the waitrons are not so multi-lingual as one would expect. The ambience is comfortable and the gorditas and burritos are authentic and good. Located at 116 W Cherry St. Tel: 501/754-0007.

Catfish House - This buffet restaurant is one of the best seafood restaurant in the area. As the name suggests, this establishment specializes in catfish delicacies and cuisine. The staff is friendly and courteous, and the food is, simply wonderful. Be sure to try the fried catfish, served with lime-and-mustard sauce. Located 2404 W. Main. Tel: 501/754-8860.

The Emerald Dragon - An excellent place for the absolutely hungry. The food is purely excellent and serves in buffet style. There is an amazing variety of food and visitors that is really hungry should try the eat-all-you-can buffet at a set price. The Emerald Dragon is located at 1157 S Rogers. Tel: 501/754-8057.

El Parian - The food here has always been extremely good. Serving really hot Mexican food, the plates are always big for the price. Visitors and local agree that this in one of the best Mexican restaurants in town. Service could not be faster or better, and the huge menu offers lots to choose from. Located at 711 E Main. Tel: 501/705-0115.

Clarksville children's activities

City Park - The City Park offers a playground, swimming and picnic facilities, a softball field. There is plenty opportunity to burn that access energy, and parents might enjoy the break too..

The incredible scenic panorama of Johnson County offers an ideal setting for all types of recreational activities. Fishing, boating, hiking, golfing, to name but a few. The City parks, softball complex, baseball fields, soccer fields, swimming pool, riverfront pavilions, hiking trails and a family fishing pond in the Clarksville city park, offers younger visitors a chance to enjoy themselves and to create some unforgettable experiences. Be sure to take you children to Cline Park. They will enjoy feeding the ducks at the local lake..

Big Piney Creek Bridge - This is a sight-seeing destination that will impress visitors of all ages. Situated in the scenic mountains of the Ozark National Forest, the Big Piney Creek Bridge was built in 1931, and is a one lane, steel Warren truss of total length of 461 feet. This version of the Warren truss is unusual in that it uses verticals and diagonal and vertical sub-struts. Big Piney Creek Bridge is in good condition and is being maintained as vehicular bridge. Located on State Highway 123.

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