The City of Clarksville, a Texas Main Street City, is the county seat of Red River County, in Upper East Texas. It lies 60 miles west of Texarkana, 40 miles north of Mount Vernon and 30 miles east of Paris. The State of Oklahoma is located to the north, across the Red River.
Clarksville was established by James Clark, who moved to the area in 1833 and laid out the town site. When Red River County was organized in 1835, Clarksville was chosen as the county seat.
Clarksville and Red River County are older than the State of Texas. Once known as the Red River District, the area represented all or part of 39 present-day Texas counties.
The downtown square in Clarksville is a gathering place for numerous social events and festivals. These events include Clarksville’s Fine Art Festival, the Gateway to Texas Get- A -Way Tour, the Tandem Bike Ride, Red River County Historical Society’s Annual Fall Bazaar, Music on Main and many other events.
The Red River County Chamber of Commerce, located on the square, houses the Hall of Fame, and the Cowboy Hall of Fame is located in Miss Belle’s House on Walnut Street.
Within walking distance of the square you will find numerous historic sites, all with historic markers. The renovated Red River County Courthouse, built in 1885, is of particular architectural significance and interest.
The Martha Lennox Nature Preserve, 10 miles north of Clarksville on TX Highway 37, takes visitors through a number of habitats. The Langford Lake Nature Trail at the City Lake is also a popular destination for nature lovers. If golf is your sport. you might want to sign up for Friends of Clarksville Main Street Golf Tournament in May at the Clarksville County Club.
Clarksville Website Resources
|In 2020, Clarksville had a population of 2,857|
Interactive Map of Clarksville Texas (courtesy of Google)
Map Showing Location of Clarksville in Upper East Texas
Red River County Court House in the City of Clarksville in Upper East Texas
The Clarksville Chamber of Commerce is located on the town square downtown
Other East Texas Attractions
While visiting the Clarksville and Red River County area, you may want to take other interesting day trips in several directions:
- Jefferson - antiques, Jay Gould's railroad car, Jefferson Carnegie Library, steam train rides, steamboats on Caddo Lake, B&Bs
- Gladewater - antique capitol of East Texas, Gusher Days, Roundup Rodeo, Helen Lee Daffodil Gardens
- Gilmer - East Texas Yamboree, Historic Upshur Museum, Lake Gilmer
- Kilgore - home of the East Texas Oil Museum and Kilgore College
- Joinerville Texas - Daisy Bradford oil discovery monuments and Great East Texas Oilfield markers, Gaston Museum
- Longview - Gregg County Fair & Exposition, Longview Museum of Fine Arts, R.G. LeTourneau Museum, Great Texas Balloon Race, historic buildings, shopping, restaurants
- Marshall - Michelson Museum of Art, Starr Family home State Historic Park, Harrison County Historical Museum, The Weisman, Ginocchio Hotel, T&P Railroad Museum, Christmas Wonderland of Lights
- Carthage - Texas Country Music Hall of Fame, East Texas Oil & Gas Blast, Piney Woods Quilt Festival Rode Jamboree
- Tyler - Municipal Rose Garden, TJC Planetarium, Caldwell Zoo, Tyler Museum of Art, Brookshire's Museum & Country Store, Lake Tyler, Rose Rudman Recreational Trail, Cotton Belt Depot, Goodman-LeGrand House
- Lake Tyler - swimming, boating, fishing, skiing close-in to Tyler
- Lake Palestine - Boating, fishing, skiing and camping, just south of Tyler
- Lindale - Old Mill Pond Museum, Hideaway Lake, Miranda Lambert Store & Red 55 Winery
- Mineola - Mineola Nature Preserve, Bigfoot Paddling Trail
Travel Information for the Clarksville Area