Wednesday, November 7, 2007

Harpeth River


The Harpeth River, one of the main tributaries of the Cumberland River, meanders through the counties of middle Tennessee from its start in Rutherford County (south of Nashville). Flowing west through Williamson County, the river turns northwesterly and crosses into the southwest section of Davidson County (Nashville). Continuing west, it flows through Cheatham County and eventually forms the border between Cheatham and Dickson Counties before it flows into the Cumberland River near Ashland City.

The Harpeth is very popular with outdoor enthusiasts, offering over 100 miles for boating activities. Paddling, canoeing, kayaking and fishing (bass, bluegills, crappies and catfish, among others) are all popular, and there are several outfitters in the different counties. While mostly a Class 1 river, the Harpeth does have a few Class 2 rapids (about 20%). In addition, there are several historic sites on the river, including Mound Bottom (a Native American ceremonial and burial ground), Pattison Ford (old iron mill), and Newsom's Mill.

The Davidson County portion of the Harpeth flows very close to our house. Actually, the cattle pastures behind our house border part of the river, so we can sometimes see it if the river is high and there are no leaves on the trees. I took this photo from a bridge we cross everyday as we head toward downtown. The river, as you can see, is still suffering from the summer drought, and the trees are still a bit confused as to what season it is.

No one really knows where the name "Harpeth" originated. Some say it is a Native Indian name, while others say it is mispronunciation of the English name, "Harper."

Can you guess what country music song has a very remote link to the Harpeth? I'll tell you tomorrow. . . .

9 comments:

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quintarantino said...

It looks like a mirror the water in the river!!!!

isabella said...

Looks like a peaceful spot.

"Harper Valley PTA"? Sorry, I'm not into country music...

Curly said...

Beautiful landscape Chris, a place of peace and quiet.

From South Shields Daily Photo

Jilly said...

What an absolutely gorgeous river. So peaceful and such a lovely photograph.

mmmm. don't know the music?

lv2scpbk said...

Nice photo.

Waldo Oiseau said...

I agree with Isabella, this looks like a great place you'd want to get away to.

Hyde DP said...

It looks a lovely stretch of river but after isabella's comment I now can't get that song out of my head!

Gwen said...

Pretty river scene, perfect for canoeing :)