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.

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful views of the pond. Trail fairly well marked. Short hike!

Walk through the wild flower path to get to the Hidden Lake & Ridge Loop trails.

Labor Day so pretty busy. Leashed dogs are welcome and there were lots. Lake was nice. Trail was shady. Wildflowers were gorgeous

walking
6 months ago

Great place to walk the dogs in the summer with shaded trails and the Harpeth River access.

Fun little trail with some neat ledges and views. The ridge loop around the lake isn't the most accessible in some sections, but worth it. Also some reason little side trails and abandoned mysteries along the way.

Good wooded trail, perfect to take the kids on. Some elevation to climb up, but nothing to strenuous.

This was a great short day hike. It wasn't strenuous or difficult to complete in an hour. Moderate traffic from other hikers.

Great short loop! 1.6 mi of rocky cliffs and great views!

Nice park easily accessed from I-40. Filled with a lot of "I never knew this was here" moments. Mixture of bluff overlooks, wooded trails, open fields and lake/quarry views. Good spot to put-in your kayak.

hiking
11 months ago

very scenic and unexpected. high cliffs overlooking a nice lake

beautiful in the winter.

hiking
Friday, February 10, 2017

Beautiful. Peaceful. Lots to see and can be easy, moderate or difficult. Definitely recommend these trails!

hiking
Saturday, January 21, 2017

Very beautiful views and pretty easy hike. You park and go into an open field (just keep going straight til you get in a the woods) and it will lead you to the lake. I highly recommend it

hiking
Monday, November 07, 2016

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.

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Great views and not much traffic on a Sunday afternoon. Steep and narrow with loose rocks around lake would not recommend for young children.

Monday, October 24, 2016

nice over look at top

hiking
Tuesday, September 06, 2016

Beautiful wildflowers (at least right now in the late summer) and close water access for the pup to cool off in

hiking
Saturday, August 13, 2016

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.

hiking
Thursday, June 30, 2016

Fun hike with the kids(ages 3 and 4), but challenging for them at certain spots on the ridge trail. Great views at the top of the ridge. Will certainly do again.

Thursday, May 19, 2016

Nice trail.

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