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Harpeth River State Park : Narrows of the Harpeth Trail (Kingston Springs, TN)

Updated: Feb 23, 2021

Tennessee is home to some of the most beautiful parks, from hiking to canoeing. There is not a shortage of activities for the outdoorsman (or outdoors-woman in my case). Therefore, if you are anything like myself and you need to get out of the house every so often to soak in the beauty of nature, go to the Harpeth River State Park.

The drive is a little over 30 minutes from Nashville, depending on the city traffic. I suggest going as early as possible to avoid the worst of the heat that hits during the middle portion of the day. Be aware that there are multiple entrances and trails for this state park. Please visit their website before going to plan out which one will work for you.

My personal favorite is the Narrows of the Harpeth Trail off of Cedar Hill Road. Though it is known for its access to the river, there is a half-mile hiking trail that takes you to a beautiful bluff, giving you a beautiful panoramic view of the Harpeth River. I will also mention that this trail is not for the faint of heart, those with knee problems, or small children; the incline is fairly steep. If you are trying to get into shape, this trail will surely whip you into it.

Once you make it to the bluff, rest and enjoy the view, I have only done this hike during the summer months, but I imagine that the view during the fall once the leaves change colors is just as beautiful. I can not stress enough to please hydrate yourself, especially during the sweltering summer of Tennessee.

If heights make you dizzy or a steeply inclined hike is not for you, take the trail to Pattison Forge. Built between 1818 and 1820 by slaves owned by Montgomery Bell, Pattison Forge was an engineering masterpiece of its time. Today it is a national landmark and waterfall, forever preserving the hardship of slavery in the south and technological ingenuity of the 19th century.

What are some of your favorite parks in Tennesee? I am always ready to try out a new hiking trail, send your suggestions my way!

For information on the Hidden Lake Trail that is also a part of the Harpeth River State Park, click HERE.

Until next time,


For those wondering about the flowers on the stone mound: My father, who passed away in 2018, loved the outdoors. I left him flowers as an offering of love and to let him know that I think of him daily.



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