Saturday, January 24, 2015

Enjoy The Tennessee Wilderness With Foggy Bottom Canoe

By Janine Hughes

If you find yourself in a big city, you probably feel every once in a while that you need to get away from the crowds. An escape into the wild is just the remedy. In the Nashville area, the perfect getaway for a day or a weekend is to head to the waters with the help of Foggy Bottom Canoe in Kingston Springs.

The business is one of several that cater to visitors to the Kingston Springs area. This town, with no more than three thousand inhabitants, is only about thirty minutes from Nashville. It's a slice of Tennessee paradise in Cheatham County, located on the banks of the beautiful Harpeth River.

For a lazy day out, head to Kingston Springs City Park. There are picnic facilities here and the lawns are perfect for a ball game. The park lies right along the river as well, so it's easy to go for a swim or a paddle. If you're looking for serious adventure, though, make the short drive northwards to the local zipline course.

The Harpeth River is the main attraction. In this part of Tennessee, the river follows a peaceful, meandering course. Canoeing here is safe and easy enough to do with the kids. The many bends in the river mean that there's always a new surprise waiting up ahead. You also have plenty of opportunities to take a break from rowing and try your hand at fishing.

There are different stretches of the river to explore but one not to miss is the Narrows of the Harpeth. Here, one horseshoe bend almost touches another. It's the site of Mound Bottom, where you'll find the archaeological remains of a Native American complex from nearly a thousand years ago. Another popular attraction is the Montgomery Bell Tunnel, which dates from 1819 and was one of the earliest tunnels of its kind in the USA.

To make your journey of exploration along the Harpeth River even more enjoyable, you'll need the right gear. Good hiking shoes are essential if you're planning on exploring the many hiking trails. Insect repellent is a good idea too. A good sunscreen, plenty of water and some snacks are important as well and don't forget to bring your bathing suit, especially if you're going canoeing.

Kingston Springs boasts a warm, temperate climate. Even in the winter months the days are mild and pleasant. However, it can be humid here since the area sees quite a lot of rain throughout the year. The driest months are in late summer and early fall and this is the perfect time to visit if you want to hike in comfort but also want to swim in the river.

Because the area is so close to Nashville, it's a good option for a day trip. However, there is a good selection of restaurants and accommodation for different budgets here too. This is ideal if you've had an exciting day out on the water and can't stomach the drive back to the city just yet. However, it's advisable to book ahead, especially when you visit around public holidays.

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