Year-Long, 24-Mile Hike Begins on February 18

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Every month for a year, Ranger Lisa Housholder will be leading a two-mile hike along different routes along Hidden Lake, Gosset Tract and the Narrows of the Harpeth. While the program began on January 21, there are two opportunities every month, to complete the hike, so there is a chance to play catch-up.

The next hike will take place on February 18 from 10:00 a.m. until 11:00 a.m. It will take place along the Narrows of the Harpeth. The hikes are strenuous, so bring lots of water, sturdy shoes and a hiking pole if needed. A second hike will take place on February 24. 

Participants will need to be able to follow instructions; hike in an assortment of possible weather conditions for one hour, including heat and/or cold; be able to identify natural risks – like loose rocks or poisonous plants — and avoid them managing their own safety; walk on uneven terrain; and manage personal care without access to running water. 

According to the park’s website, there are three trails that originate at a common trailhead near the entrance to the Harpeth River State Park. At Narrows of the Harpeth, a half-mile bluff trail, that overlooks the Harpeth Valley, includes a steep ascent to a narrow bluff offering hikers panoramic views. A half-mile trail along the backside of the limestone bluff leads to the site of Montgomery Bell’s Pattison Forge, where a small waterfall is all that remains of the iron forge operation. Another half-mile trail connects the canoe launch to the canoe take-out parking area at the Harris Street Bridge Access Area.

At the Gossett Tract, there are two trails. A one-mile trail that circles a meadow and another one-mile trail that winds along the river providing a glimpse of Mound Bottom Archeological Site. 

The Hidden Lake one-mile trail meanders around and through a wildflower meadow. Another trail offers a half-mile hike through the forest and along majestic bluffs to a small lake with a one-mile spur trail ascending to the top of a ridge where the remains of an old marble dance floor are all that remain of a 1940s resort. 

Updates about additional hikes will be placed on their website. Hikers will meet for the event at 1254 Narrows of the Harpeth Road, Kingston Springs, Tennessee 37082. Ranger Housholder can be reached by phone at 615-335-9659 or through email at [email protected]. Registration for the hike can be made here or here.


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