Harpeth River State Park is a linear park managing 40 miles of the Harpeth River that connects several natural, archeological and historic sites including nine access points.
The Harpeth Scenic River Complex includes canoe access at the U.S. Hwy. 100 Bridge, the 1862 Newsom’s Mill ruins and at the McCrory Lane Bridge at Hidden Lake. Downstream, the Narrows of the Harpeth provides an upstream and downstream access, the Bell’s Bend five mile float a unique 1/4 mile portage. The park provides beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float the Class II river. Visitors can bring their own canoe or kayak or call local commercial outfitters for trip information and boat rentals.
Located in the Narrows of the Harpeth, a 100 yard tunnel, hand cut through solid rock in 1818, was one of the great engineering feats of the time and is today an industrial landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Montgomery Bell, an early iron industrialist, was so proud of his steel mill that he lived within the sound of this waterfall and is buried across the river.
Hiking is another popular activity in the park. There are many trails throughout the park offering varying degrees of difficulty, with several leading to some of the historical areas. Most trails have interpretive signs. 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 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.
Harpeth River State Park is also known for active fishing. The river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish.
Harpeth River State Park Addresses
Because this park follows the river, it has several different addresses. Click here for a map explaining the different areas of the park, or use the lsit below to find the address to the section you wish to visit:
Gossett Tract -1230 Cedar Hill Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Harris Street Bridge Canoe Access - 1672 Cedar Hill Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Hidden Lake - 7851 McCrory Lane, Nashville, TN 37221
Hwy 70 Canoe Access - 1007 Cedar Hill Road / 1294 Hwy 70, Kingston Springs, 37082
Hwy 100 Canoe Access - 7701 Hwy 100, Nashville, TN 37221
Kingston Springs City Park - 589 Park St, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Mace Bluff - 1442 Cedar Hill Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Narrows of the Harpeth - 1254 Narrow of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Newsom's Mill - 8729 Newsom Station Road, Nashville, TN 37221
Mailing Address - 1640 Cedar Hill Road, Kingston Springs, TN 37082