Tennessee State Parks

Harpeth River State Park



This site contains canoe put-in and takeout points in close proximity, which enable a 7-mile float around a looping meander of the Harpeth in Tennessee’s Western Highland Rim. The stream supports resident waders such as Great Blue and Green Herons, Belted Kingfishers and Prothonotary Warblers, to name but a few. Two miles upstream is the next canoe access on the Gossett Tract, consisting mainly of old fields through which a pair of 2-mile trails meander, allowing observation of Northern Bobwhite, American Goldfinch and Field Sparrow. Mid to late summer is a particularly good time to see numerous field flowers, the insects that feed on them, and the songbirds that in turn depend upon them for sustenance.


Fishing is decent by boat as well as the bank for Smallmouth and Largemouth Bass, crappie, bream and catfish. Some areas provide excellent opportunities for flyfishing.


Hidden Lakes Trail — 3.0 Miles — Natural Surface — moderate
Newsom Mill Fisherman Trail — 0.2 Miles — Natural Surface — easy
Gossett Tract Trail — — 2.0 Miles — Natural Surface/ grass — easy
Narrows Trail — 1.0 Miles — Natural Surface — Moderate
Mace Bluff Trail — 0.2 Miles — Natural Surface — Difficult