By Betsy Thorpe
“Not many people know that one of the oldest man-made tunnels in existence today is located at the Narrows of the Harpeth, or that off the beaten path near Hidden Lake is a one-mile spur trail that ascends to the top of a ridge where the remains of an old marble dance floor are all that’s left from a 1940s resort”.
Deputy Director of Communications
Harpeth River State Park
The Harpeth River State Park is a day-use park consisting of two archaeological sites, two historic sites and six river access areas. The park is primarily used by hikers and river enthusiasts who enjoy fishing, canoeing or kayaking. Nearly 155,000 people visit the park annually, with summer serving as the busiest time of year however, in spring visitors enjoy the truly beautiful sight of wildflowers in full bloom and in autumn vibrant colors are splashed across meadows preparing for winter.
The park offers something for everyone. While many of the trails may be considered strenuous, there are a number of trails that are easily accessible and moderate. The Narrows of the Harpeth offers hikers a panoramic view of the vista below and a first-hand look one of the oldest man-made tunnels in existence today. The Gossett Tract is two miles of easy walking trails.
Birding and wildflowers are abundant along the trails at Hidden Lake. Park Rangers lead year-round tours at the Mace Bluff Archaeological Site and from November through March at the Mound Bottom Archaeological Site. The park’s Newsom’s Mill Historic Site houses the oldest grist mill in Davidson County.
On any given day park visitors might see deer, groundhogs, rabbits, squirrels, red tail foxes, grey foxes and a variety of birds, including great blue herons and owls.
The Harpeth River State Park is located on Hwy.70 South in Kingston Springs.
For more information on Harpeth River State Park call 615-952-2099.
Harpeth River State Park’s seasonal hours are:
November – February 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.
March 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.
April – September 7 a.m. to 7 p.m.
October 7 a.m. to 6 p.m.