Harpeth River State Park



The Harpeth River 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. 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.

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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

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Whether you enjoy fly fishing or spin casting, the river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish. 


The Harpeth River supports resident waders such as great blue and green herons, belted kingfishers and prothonotary warblers, to name but a few. The Gossett Tract, consisting mainly of old fields through which a pair of two mile trails meander, allows 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.