About 30 miles east of Paris is Clarksville. Established by James Clark circa 1833, it was chosen as the county seat when Red River County was developed in 1835. Now a Main Street city, Clarksville takes pride in its history and heritage attractions.
Located a few blocks from the business center, the National Register-listed Red River County Courthouse remains the only intact construction of architect W.H. Wilson. Built in 1885, the Renaissance Revival-style courthouse received a full restoration as one of the first participants in the THC's THCPP. It was rededicated on October 26, 2002.
Part of the Northeast Texas Trail, a 130-mile route along repurposed railroad lines, links Paris and Clarksville. Hikers, bikers, and joggers can get away from it all, exploring tranquil forests and checking out the small towns of Reno, Blossom, and Detroit along the way. Detailed information on route segments, trail conditions, camping, lodging, dining, and area attractions can be found at NeTexasTrail.org.
For soul food, visit Sunflower’s Cafe. The small modular style home is decorated in bright yellow sunflowers, creating a warm, homey atmosphere. Every day, the establishment serves chicken fried steak—a customer favorite—and tamales. Like all good home-cooked Southern meals, Sunflower’s offers delicious cornbread.
Courthouse Inn Bed and Breakfast allows for a relaxing stay with antique beds, whirlpool tubs, furnished antique parlors, a wraparound porch, and a balcony with wicker swings and rocking chairs. It’s walking distance from downtown, the Red River County Courthouse, and Red River County Library. Guests recommend walking to the town square to enjoy a picnic on the lawn.
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