Fly fishing, spin casting, kayaking, canoeing, hiking and more are part of the natural life at Harpeth River State Park in Middle Tennessee. A unique linear park located along the Harpeth River, this beauty lover's spot is ideal for activities or relaxing. Beginner and advanced paddlers can float this beautiful class II river. And, the river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish. For your hiking and wildlife viewing pleasure, 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 two-mile bluff overlook trail includes a steep ascent to a narrow bluff offering hikers a panoramic view of the Harpeth Valley. Picnic tables and grills are available at Newsom's Mill historic site, the Harris Street Bridge access area, and the Gossett tract. Restrooms, park offices and a visitor center are not available at this time. Handicap accessibility and parking is limited at all locations. Motor coaches larger than 15-passenger vans will have difficulty maneuvering along narrow, tree-lined, winding roads and negotiating small parking areas at most locations. Swimmers may wade or swim at their own risk. However, rock climbing, rappelling, bicycling, four-wheeling, horseback riding, orienteering, camping, metal detecting, hunting and collecting or disturbing plants, wildlife or artifacts are among a few activities not permitted in the park. Artifacts uncovered during an early 1970s excavation of Mound Bottom are on display inside the park office at Montgomery Bell State Park.
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The Harpeth River State Park is a day use park. April to October: 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. November to March: 7:00 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
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