Tuesday, March 10, 2015

Harpeth River Park; Canoe Harpeth River Hotspot

By Leslie Ball

Do you desire to spend time in water away from swimming pools and bathtubs? This vacation head to Harpeth River Park and enjoy water games and many more activities. This is a park that is centered along the Harpeth River and sits on the western side of Hennessey city. It is popular for it canoe Harpeth River paddling access where you are allowed into the water. Narrows of Harpeth and Harris Street Bridge Canoe Access are the most popular canoe put-ins and are usually full of water enthusiasts during the summer season.

The canoe put-in and take out points in Harpeth River are at close proximity that enables one to paddle a seven-mile journey around a loop that meanders along the Western Highland Rim of the Tennessee side. You can access all areas with a canoe except those that have been marked as archeological sites. On the Bell Bend side, there is a five-mile paddling access through the ox-bow bend. Here are activities that you could possibly undertake there.

As said earlier canoeing is the most favorite sport in Harpeth River state park. This is a place where you can enjoy a float in a hot summer afternoon. Since floating is free, the park is filled with water enthusiasts that are seeking to paddle with kayaks and canoes. One can come with his or her own canoe or rent one at an affordable rate for one to ten hours.

Fishing is also a favorite past time activity with visitors. The long stretch of this river offers a wide area to engage in such fishing activities as fly-fishing, casting the spin. You can also try your hand with the Stone Age fishing harpoon. You can boat and fish at the same time. There is a variety of game fish species as catfish, bluegill, mouth brass, among others.

If you are looking for a less crowded serene environment where you can exercise your muscles, Harpeth trails are here for you. There a variety of easy, to hard trails that meanders through lush forests, majestic bluffs and wildflower. All the trails originate from a common origin at the Narrows of Harpeth that is located at the entrance to the park. You will get a panoramic view of the Harpeth valley while enjoying cool, fresh air.

There is a hidden lake located a mile from the entrance along the easy one-mile long trail. The ox bow lake is surrounded by lush sprouts of wildflower. One of its elongated curves is about a half a mile and at the edges sits ruins of a 1940 resort with the marble dance floor still intact.

Bird watching is also a lovely activity that you can engage in at Harpeth River Park. In the lush trees are Blue and green herons, Belted kingfishers and Warblers. Down the two mile trail stretch, you will find the Field sparrow and American Goldfinch.

A visit in mid-summer would be the best time to visit when the flowers are in bloom. These are areas where bird love to latch and enjoy their meals. You can combine bird watching with hiking and exercise while watching lovely birds on the way.

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