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.

My son and I went on the Hidden Lake Trail after his school day for the first time. it was an adventure for us! we loved finding all these off-trail paths. it was so beautiful as the sun set. Nature is a love of ours, and this trail was lovely.

I loved it. Definitely one my favorite spots.

2 months ago

Enjoyable stroll. Hidden Lake was beautiful as the sun was setting and the leaves are about to change.

Nice beginner hike, took my dog with me, very wide trail. Beautiful views of the hidden lake. Would recommend to any beginner, also very well marked trail

For a new hiker like me, this trail was moderately difficult with rich rewards in scenery. If the quarry wasn't pretty enough, the higher elevated views of the lake are even better. My favorite part of this hike was scrambling over the beautiful rock formations. The remnants of buildings left over from the old resort from the 1920s hints at the history of the area. The Bluebird Loop at the beginning and end of this loop have plenty of butterflies and wildflowers that are fragrant on a warm day. This hike is a lovely way to pass an hour.

This trail was awesome. Short and sweet, has cool rock formations and a cool little history behind the lake. This honestly felt like moderate difficulty to me, though. The trails aren’t super well marked but it’s still not that difficult to get around.

I wouldn’t really call it hiking. It’s more of a walk through fields, with a lake. Paths aren’t properly marked and there’s very little visibility (lack of elevation). Also, during the summer the paths have grass that’s tall enough to conceal the snakes, which there are. Better off going to Edwin warner

Decided to do this trail to get some miles, but only had time to do it once as the park closes at 7 PM. I wasn't expecting much because of the lack of elevation, but I was very pleasantly surprised. What this trail lacks in difficulty or elevation, it makes up for in scenery. I will definitely be back with a camera and enough time to explore all the side trails. Great place to go to get someone else interested in hiking.

Great short walk. Funny name considering this is actually an old quarry. Nonetheless great views of the lake and the Harpeth.

This was a very good hike for me and my 5 year old. Great views. Not too hard. There are a couple narrow spots on the ridge which could be scary with younger kids. Will definitely go back and bring my 9 year old.

I really enjoyed this trail. I had such a blast with the family. It's a nice and easy stroll.

This hike exceeded my expectations. I'd recommend it for all ages and skill levels, plus the trailhead is only about a mile or so off I-40. For an easy short hike, the sights are pretty cool. You get great views of the small lake from down by the water and from above via the ridge trail that circles the lake. The old abandoned buildings are a unique feature and fun to explore. We finished the 2 mile hike in just under an hour, but this trail could easily be completed in less time if you don't take stops to look around.

There are better hikes around Nashville, but this one is definitely worth checking out.

Saturday, November 18, 2017

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

Saturday, September 23, 2017

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

Monday, September 04, 2017

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

Saturday, August 05, 2017

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

Saturday, July 08, 2017

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.

Friday, July 07, 2017

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

Sunday, June 18, 2017

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Monday, March 13, 2017

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

Monday, February 20, 2017

very scenic and unexpected. high cliffs overlooking a nice lake

Sunday, February 19, 2017

beautiful in the winter.

Friday, February 10, 2017

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

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

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

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

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.

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