Harpeth River State Park

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Hiking

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 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. 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.

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