Harpeth River State Park

Harpeth River State Park

Park/Garden/Open Space - Trail

Website: https://tnstateparks.com/parks/harpeth-river

 (615) 952-2099

 1254 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd, Kingston Springs, TN 37082

The Harpeth River State Park is a linear park that manages nine river access sites along 40 river miles. Sites include several natural, archaeological and historic areas. The park is popular for kayaking, canoeing, fishing and hiking. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas).

The Harpeth River is a Class I river. It is appropriate for beginners to advanced paddlers. Visitors can bring their own canoe or kayak. Rentals and trip information are available from local outfitters in and around Kingston Springs.

Access sites close for safety during high water. Much of the property around the Harpeth River is private land. Please be courteous to landowners and be aware of trespassing laws. The park and access sites are day-use only. There is no camping or overnight parking. Please observe park hours and plan your trip accordingly as the gates to access sites are locked at designated closing times. The average paddle time is 2 to 3 mph, depending on river flow.

Narrows Of the Harpeth
The Narrows of the Harpeth, located off Cedar Hill Road, is an ideal spot for hiking, picnicking, fishing, and canoeing. The Narrows provides an upstream and downstream access, the Bell’s Bend five mile float and a unique 1/4 mile portage. Three hiking trails originate at a common trailhead near the park entrance. A half-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.  It is also the site of one of the oldest man-made tunnels in existence today. Montgomery Bell, an early iron industrialist had the tunnel built in 1818. The 100 yard  tunnel was hand cut through solid rock and is considered one of the great engineering feats of the time. It is an industrial landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. View map.

Hidden Lake
Hidden Lake is a naturalist’s paradise featuring hiking trails, majestic bluffs, and abundant wildlife. 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. View map.

Newsom’s Mill
Newsom’s Mill is one of the oldest gristmills in Davidson County.

Gossett Tract
A two mile loop through open fields is great for birders and late summer wildflower hikes. Gossett Tract is located off Cedar Hill Road near Scott’s Cemetery.

Source: Tennessee State Parks

Location Info

Harpeth River State Park

1254 Narrows of the Harpeth Rd

Kingston Springs, TN 37082