Sunday, March 15, 2015

Enjoy A Trip On The Harpeth River With Foggy Bottom Canoe

By Leslie Ball

There are a number of watercourses around Nashville, TN, which are navigable by kayak. Anyone that wants to try this can take advantage of the many operators that organize trips, with Foggy Bottom Canoe on the Harpeth River being one of these. They offer expeditions over an eleven mile section of this river that can be enjoyed by visitors.

The first trips of the year are arranged for March and carry on continuously during an eight month period of spring, summer, and fall. The company works on a 7 day basis, with a morning start at nine from Monday to Friday and a start time on Saturday and Sunday of eight. Visitors need to be there before one in the early afternoon if they want to take part in the lengthier excursions although the final start time for shorter trips is three.

The Harpeth has a Class 1 river rating that shows it does not flow particularly rapidly and has little in the way of obstacles for boaters to worry about. Even novice kayakers should therefore find it relatively simple to make their way along it. Everything required to take on an expedition is supplied by the operator to ensure that visitors are fully equipped to attempt the trip.

The canoes that can be rented by visitors are either Mad River or Buffalo manufactured models. These are rated to hold the weight of two grown ups and can also accommodate families of four if the children are 5 years old or under. They are produced with comfortable molded benches that make a journey along the Harpeth River all the more pleasant.

The shortest outing available sets off from the bridge on Route 70 and takes in a 1.5 mile stretch of the river downstream from this. It is the one most suitable for children and is a good choice for families. There is also a 5 mile trip that commences at the park in the town of Kingston Springs and this ends at the Route 70 Bridge.

There are a couple of longer excursions that visitors can try. The river length between the historic Mound Bottom settlement and the Harris Street Bridge is approximately nine miles. Those that want to see as much of the river as possible can try the eleven mile expedition that runs from the Route 70 Bridge all the way to where Harris Street crosses the river.

A site at Foggy Bottom campground can be booked by visitors that have a tent available. Its four acre layout is designed for primitive camping only and has a few basic facilities to make a stay more enjoyable. A washroom is available day and night, there are picnic tables set up around the site, and water is provided at the campground reception.

Those enjoying the canoe trips can be assured of some impressive views along the way. The Mound Bottom settlement was an important part of the Indian civilization that lived in the area between the 11th and 17th century and remnants of this can still be seen on the river banks to this day. The Montgomery Bell water tunnel constructed through rock by slaves during the early 1800s is also well worth seeing.

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