We will paddle the Harpeth River from Highway 70 access near Foggy Bottom Canoe rental, past the Mound Bottom and around the Narrows of the Harpeth Loop to Harris Street Bridge Access. This time of year there should be a colorful display of foliage still. The River is Beautiful in the Fall. The air is normally cold and water is warm but we will have a treat with mid 70 degree Saturday.
We will kayak past where some Native American cultures that existed in Tennessee between 700 and three thousand years ago. This once was an busy city then. Some of the mounds were for temples and others were built in which they often buried important people along with sacred or important pottery, tools and weapons. These mounds will be to the left of our trip around a large bend.
We will come to the Narrows of the Harpeth, where the Harpeth River comes within a few hundred feet of where the river returns, seven miles downstream. In 1818, a businessman named Montgomery Bell bought this land and (with the help of slaves) dug a tunnel through the embankment that separates the two sides of the Narrows of the Harpeth. In doing so, he created enough moving water to power a forge, known as the Pattison Forge, that was used to turn large pieces of raw pig iron into smaller and more malleable pieces. Most of those were then sold to small manufacturers (such as blacksmiths). This is one of the oldest man made rock tunnels in the US.
This will be approximately a 10 mile trip and should take about 4 hours including shuttles
Meet @ Put In / Highway 70 Access
Put In; Highway 70 Access and
Cedar Hill Rd, Kingston Springs, TN 37082
Traveling HWY 70 West, Pass Foggy Bottom, Turn Right before HWY 70 bridge onto Cedar Hill Rd, Immediately turn left into parking area.
Take Out; Harris Street Bridge Access
From Put In, travel Cedar Hill Rd, Turn Right Just before Harris Street Bridge for parking.
If you have a trailer, then parking is required in overflow parking area.
Overflow parking area is a left turn out of parking area back up the hill away from bridge, immediate right, & park along access rd.
My phone number is [masked] if you have any questions
We will discuss shuttle & take out at the put in area.
What to bring:
Please download the waiver on the PAU site, read, sign and bring with you on Saturday.
PFD, kayak, paddle, whistle
Wet suit or water repelling clothes, water temp still "cool" aprox mid 70's
You may want to dress in layers, you will get warmer during the day.
Snack and drink for our stop on the water
Dry clothes in water tight bag (just in case)
Sunscreen, temp should be in the 70's
Camera to post the pictures, TAKE LOTS OF PICTURES TO POST!!!
Change of clothes to eat out later at Jim and Nick's BBQ (just in case)
Let's head to the Hill after paddling for the Bonfire event.
Air temp predicted to be 76. Water temp 57avg. Avg water level is 1.5 feet which is higher than normal.
Please do not launch until we get a head count and our safety talk :)
Attendance implies Paddle Adventures Unlimited Waiver review & agreement.
Select link to print a copy, sign, & give to trip leader at beginning of the trip.
A huge bonfire is planned after this event on the "Hill". We will need your singing voice and bring your chairs, cooler and warm clothes for this event so you can go directly there after Jim and Nicks.