Narrows of the Harpeth

October 9, 2011 in Tennessee Hiking Trails by amylaree

Heading to Narrows of the Harpeth

Stick your head out the window if you wanna hit the trails.

It’s early October and this Indian Summer is still holding on, so with 80 degrees & sunshine, we loaded up the dogs and headed for a couple of short hikes just west of Nashville – Narrows of the Harpeth and Hidden Lake.

  1. Scenery:  3.0
  2. Difficulty:  3.0
  3. Length:  2.0 miles
  4. Dog Friendly Factor: 4.0
  5. Convenience:  4.0
  6. Bonus Funtimes: 3.5
Narrows of the Harpeth trail

Ezra scoping out the Harpeth.

Scenery (3.0 out of 5.0):  This trail is a great escape, albeit a quick one.  With river views, a bluff overlook onto surrounding farmland, this hike provides a little bit of everything when it comes to scenery.  No doubt that it didn’t hurt that we hit this trail just as Fall color is starting to set in.

The narrow trail is heavily shaded with trees, but provides plenty of glimpses of the river.  Wildflowers are also prevalent through out the trail.  The hike up the bluff offers several opportunities to stop and check out the view.

If you take the spur trail, you’ll run in to the historic water tunnel.  This was a tunnel carved in the 1800s to funnel water from one side of the Harpeth to the other, powering an old iron ore mill.  Today it makes for a scenic swimming hole with an unusual waterfall.  Definitely take the time to go the extra .2 mile to check it out.

Difficulty (3.0 out of 5.0): The path is less than 2.0 miles, so that part is easy, but trails are narrow, rocky and steep in spots.

Length:  2.0 miles (we finished in about 50 minutes)

Narrows of the Harpeth tunnel

Historic water tunnel.

Dog Friendly Factor (4.0 out of 5.0): Trying to handle 100 lbs. Ezra up and down the bluff proved a bit too much for me, so I handed over the reins to Nate to avoid tumbling down the bluff.  Aside from that, this was a great trail for the dogs with plenty of spots for them to drink up and cool down.

Convenience (4.0 out of 5.0):  Narrows of the Harpeth is an easy, well-marked drive from Nashville that provides easy access to other spots in the area.

Narrows of the Harpeth view

Taking in the view.

Bonus Funtimes (3.5 out of 5.0):  Narrows on the Harpeth is a great spot to hike, but also if you want to get in the water!  There are several canoe and kayaking outfitters.  Also, pack a bag and enjoy lunch on the riverbanks before hitting another trail in the area like Hidden Lake Double Loop trail that is about 20 minutes away and on the way back to Nashville.





This hike and others found in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Nashville, get your own copy now from