Clarksville Missouri is located about an hour and a half drive from St. Louis, along the scenic Great River Road, Highway 79. It is a historic town, one that had its beginnings in the early 1800's when people from Tennessee, Virginia and Kentucky settled in the area and established Clarksville as a river port. Clarksville has gone through many changes since then, and through the efforts of its citizens, the downtown business district has been renovated and is now on the National Register of Historical Places. Visitors can take a self-guided walking tour which takes them past beautifully restored buildings housing artist, antique shops, jewelry boutiques, glass blowers, furniture craftsmen and much more. Clarksville is also recognized as wonderful place for bird watchers! Just north of the town is the Mississippi Flyway which is used by almost half of all North American waterfowl during their annual migrations. Winter brings the magnificent Bald Eagle to the area.
Clarksville has many events that are held throughout the year. In previous years, these are some of the festivals that have been held (check website for current year's events):
Eagle Days--January--Eagle watching is available at numerous locations in the city. At Riverfront Park, spotting scopes, naturalists and bonfires will be available. Live eagle programs will be presented throughout the day.
The 50 Miles of Art Gallery and Studio Tour is held twice a year in April and November and highlights the local artists and their craft in the three cities of Louisiana, Clarksville and Hannibal that lie along 50 miles of Highway 79.
Chili Cookoff--Summer--Chili competition sanctioned by the International Chili Society that brings cooks from around the country to Clarksville to compete for the chance to be in the World Cookoff in Reno Nevada. Visitors can sample the chilies.
Big River Days--September--river boat music, traditional foods, tours of Lock and Dam #24, 5000-gallon aquarium, British regiment reenactment, a Native American encampment, kids activities, live river otter show
Applefest-October--parade, crafters and other vendors, Apple Bake-off contest, food, local artists at work, annual art show, historic Elgin/Cottrell House tour
Historic Clarksville Missouri
Clarksville, MO 63336
Historic Elgin-Cottrell House, built circa 1845