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Recreation - Parks

Harpeth River State Park

picture of Harpeth RiverThis unique linear park located along the Harpeth River in Middle Tennessee offers natural, cultural, and recreational day use areas rich in historic significance and natural beauty. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas) providing beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float this beautiful class II river. Bring your own canoe or kayak or call local commercial outfitters for trip information and boat rentals.

Whether you enjoy the thrill of fly fishing or spin casting, the river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish. Remember all Tennessee state fishing and boating rules apply. For your hiking and wildlife viewing pleasure, enjoy the solitude and tranquility of several miles of easy to difficult trails meandering through wildflower meadows, lush forests, and along majestic bluffs. At the Narrows of the Harpeth three trails originate at a common trailhead near the park entrance. A two mile bluff overlook trail includes a steep ascent to 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. Another half-mile trail connects the canoe launch area 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 circles a meadow and another one mile trail winds along the river providing a glimpse of Mound Bottom Archeological Site. At Hidden Lake a 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 1940's resort.

Picnic tables and grills are available at Newsom's Mill Historic Site, The Harris Street Bridge Access Area, and The Gossett Tract. Restroom facilities and a park office or visitor center are not available at any location at his time. Handicap accessibility and parking is limited at all locations. Motor coaches, larger than 15 passenger vans, will have difficulty maneuvering along narrow tree lined winding roads and negotiating small parking areas at most locations. Swimmers may wade or swim at their own risk in the river. However, rock climbing, rappelling, bicycling, four-wheeling, horseback riding orienteering, camping, metal detecting, hunting, and collecting or disturbing plants, wildlife or artifacts are among a few activities not permitted in the park. Artifacts uncovered during an early 1970's excavation of Mound Bottom are on display inside the park office at Montgomery Bell State Park.

Self-guided interpretive signs are posted at most sites. Guided tours of The Narrows, Newsom's Mill, Hidden Lake and Mace Bluff are offered throughout the year by reservation. Guided tours of Mound Bottom are offered November through March by reservation. For program reservation information call 615-797-6096.

Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail

picture of bridgeWhether you enjoy a sunrise jog or a bicycle ride at sunset, Cumberland River Bicentennial Trail is the perfect place for you to experience Cheatham County's natural beauty.

The six and a half mile trail is surrounded by the sounds of nature and the color of wildflowers. Every quarter mile, you will find tables where you can enjoy a relaxing picnic or escape into your favorite book. Bathrooms and gardens are located at Turkey Junction. All trail heads are accessible from Chapmansboro Road.

The Trail is a perfect place for hikers, bicyclists, bird watchers, wildflower enthusiasts or any one just wanting to enjoy nature. For more information call 615-792-4211.

Riverbluff Park

picture of bridgeRiverbluff Park is located along side the scenic Cumberland River. The 20 acre park offers something for everyone in the family.

Watch the children play on the playground, while grilling at the picnic table or enjoy the beauty with a loved one while swinging on the porch swings that overlook the River. Soccer fields, a pavilion with restrooms and a double boat ramp with a 30' dock are also available.

Ashland City City Park

The City Park of Ashland City offers a one-half mile walking track. The track is surrounded by beautiful trees, offering partial shade. Four lighted tennis courts, one multi-use field and picnic tables are also available.

Ashland City Elementary Park

Located directly behind Ashland City Elementary, two softball fields, a football field and Pavilion can be found. These fields are used annually for Ashland City Dixie Youth baseball, softball and football leagues.

Pegram City Park

The City Park in Pegram offers something for everyone. For the sports lover, there are three baseball fields, a bating cage, a basketball goal, lighted tennis courts, sand volleyball and a walking track. It is also a great place to picnic with a friend at the one of the many picnic tables with grills or in a large group under the shelter with fire place. There is also a playground for the children. The Pegram City Park entrance is located off Thompson Road.

Balthrop Park

Balthrop Park is located in the heart of Pleasant View. The park offers a play area for children with a brand-new pavilion providing a restroom facility and picnic shelter. A softball field is also available.

The Kingston Springs City Park

An old railroad bridge, built during the Civil War, stands tall in the Kingston Springs City Park. The historic bridge, supported by pilings, is included in the Civil War driving tour. A one mile trail, running along side the Harpeth River, is available for walking. The Park also offers a softball field, a canoe ramp and a picnic area with grills and a BBQ pit. The Park is available from sunrise to 11:00 p.m.

L.L. Burns Park

L.L. Burns Park, located directly across from Kingston Springs City Park, offers 125 acres of beauty and fun. Not only does this park have access to the Harpeth River, it provides trails for hiking, picnic shelters for special events, gardens, a wildlife habitat area and a lake.

Every June, the Fishing Rodeo is held at the lake. This event is coordinated with the State of Tennessee and is free to any child wanting to enter. "Splashground," the newest facility to the park, offers a refreshing splash of fun to cool down a sizzling summer day. The flat surface has multiple fountains providing fun for the entire family.

Ulrich Landing City Park

Ulrich Landing City Park, consists of two acres next to the peaceful Turnbull Creek in Kingston Springs. Ulrich Landing is mostly used as a "fishing hole" and is known to be a great place for fly-fishing.

Bluff Creek Recreational Area

Bluff Creek is a peaceful place to enjoy a quiet picnic and fishing from the bank side. A launching ramp is also available for public access to the river. Bluff Creek is located two miles west of Ashland City on State Route 49.

Brush Creek Recreational Area

Brush Creek, located only three and a half miles south of Ashland City, offers a boat ramp, secluded fishing trails, picnic sites, a playground and a bathroom facility. A group shelter is also available for large groups.

Sams Creek Recreational Area

If you are looking for public access to the river, look no further. Located off River Road, Sams Creek Recreational Park offers the perfect place to begin your boating adventure.

Sycamore Creek Recreational Area

Sycamore Creek Recreational Area is located only 4 miles northwest of Ashland City and offers great public access to the river. A playground and several shaded picnic areas are also available. The park is located on Chapmansboro Road.