Thursday, October 31, 2013

Day Hike at Harpeth River State Park

Harpeth River State Park

We parked near the Narrows of the Harpeth, as can be roughly seen in this Google Maps Directions from Nashville. Once there we had to walk away from the river back down the one-way street we had just drive down (if you get to the AdventureWorks course you have gone too far) until you see the trail head marker on the left hand side. Once you get to the trail head there are three route choices that are all one way, there and back. We initially took the climb to the left, described as a moderate-steep ascent to a bluff overlook of the Harpeth River (Trail 1). Then we took the middle trail into a lush valley filled with hydrangeas and a variety of other wildflowers, despite the oncoming of fall. We took this hike in September so the leaves hadn't started to change just yet. This trail led a half mile alongside the limestone bluffs we had previously hiked up, to the site of Montgomery Bell's Forge where you can view a small waterfall (Trail 2). Lastly, another half mile trail led to the Harris Street Bridge Access Area, where you get yet another view of the river and a bridge (Trial 3). There are also a few picnic tables available here. We were able to complete this hike without snacks as it was not very strenuous, hiking a total of just a couple miles. 
Following we ate lunch at a small barbecue place in Dickson, TN called Fossie's Bar-B-Que, where we each had pulled pork sandwiches and my husband fell in love with the sides. He raved about the cole slaw, potato salad, and baked beans saying they were some of the best he had ever had. This place is primarily a drive through or order out, but they also have a couple of picnic tables that you can eat at if you happen to walk up to the window to order. He has a real weakness for barbecue needless to say.   

Trail 1

Trail 2

Trail 3