Harpeth River State Park, Tennessee: Table Top Rock By Derek Anderson, Joel Anderson, 2023
- Harpeth River State Park, Tennessee: Table Top Rock
Harpeth River State Park is a linear park that manages nine river access sites along 40 river miles. Sites include several natural, archaeological, and historic areas. The park is popular for kayaking, canoeing, fishing, and hiking. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas). The Harpeth River is a Class I river. It is appropriate for beginners to advanced paddlers. The Narrows of the Harpeth, located off Cedar Hill Road, is an ideal spot for hiking, picnicking, fishing, and canoeing. The Narrows provides an upstream and downstream access, the Bell's Bend five mile float, and a unique 1/4 mile portage. Three hiking trails originate at a common trailhead near the park entrance. A half-mile bluff overlook trail includes a steep ascent to Table Top Rock, a narrow bluff offering hikers a panoramic view of the Harpeth Valley. 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. It is also the site of one of the oldest man-made tunnels in existence today. Montgomery Bell, an early iron industrialist, had the tunnel built in 1818. The 100 yard tunnel was hand cut through solid rock and is considered one of the great engineering feats of the time. It is an industrial landmark on the National Register of Historic Places. Enjoy this lovely original illustration of the park – fashioned after vintage poster art and travel art – as a framed print, canvas, metal sign, postcard, or note card. To learn more about the park and the history behind it, visit the website for Tennessee State Parks.