This unique linear park located along the Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee offers natural, cultural, and recreational day use areas rich in historic significance and natural beauty. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas) providing beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float this beautiful class II river. Bring your own canoe or kayak or call local commercial outfitters for trip information and boat rentals. Whether you enjoy the thrill of fly fishing or spin casting, the river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish. Remember all Tennessee state fishing and boating rules apply. For your hiking and wildlife viewing pleasure, enjoy the solitude and tranquility of several miles of easy to difficult trails meandering through wildflower meadows, lush forests, and along majestic bluffs. At the Narrows of the Harpeth three trails originate at a common trailhead near the park entrance. A two mile bluff overlook trail includes a steep ascent to a narrow bluff offering hikers a panoramic view of the Harpeth Valley. A half-mile trail along the backside of the limestone bluff leads to the site of Montgomery Bell's Pattison Forge where a small waterfall is all that remains of the iron forge operation. Another half-mile trail connects the canoe launch area to the canoe take-out parking area at the Harris Street Bridge Access Area. At the Gossett Tract there are two trails. A one mile trail circles a meadow and another one mile trail winds along the river providing a glimpse of Mound Bottom Archeological Site. At Hidden Lake a one mile trail meanders around and through a wildflower meadow. Another trail offers a half-mile hike through the forest and along majestic bluffs to a small lake with a one mile spur trail ascending to the top of a ridge where the remains of an old marble dance floor are all that remain of a 1940's resort.
This is a great, short trail for hiking or walking. I did the blue bird trail once (sweet little meadow trail that I wish wasn't so close to a major road) and the main loop twice, just for fun. Very low traffic (on a Monday afternoon), but a good bit of noise pollution from the surrounding area.
A hidden gem in the Nashville area. The trail does not appear to be overly popular, which can be great if you're looking for solitude while you're hiking. A very easy trail with great views, and the history of how the lake was formed and used is fascinating and unique. A few abandoned (but safe) structures line the trail, which adds to the appeal. A good option for a day hike for locals.