Our World: Narrows of the Harpeth

Harpeth River, Narrows of the Harpeth State Park, Kingston Springs, Tennessee.  April 20, 2014.

Harpeth River, Narrows of the Harpeth State Park, Kingston Springs, Tennessee. April 20, 2014.

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This is my post for the Our World meme.  This meme is a second generation of My World Tuesday created by Klaus Peter and is hosted by three wonderful ladies.  To learn more about our world or to join and share your part of the world, click HERE.

My daughter, Kelly, and her husband, Chuck, have an Easter tradition of a picnic lunch.  This year Betsy and I drove to their home in Ashland City where we were able to join them for a very enjoyable day.

After an enjoyable lunch at one of the Metroparks, Kelly and Chuck took us to Narrows of the Harpeth State Park.  Betsy and I had never been there, so it was a wonderful treat.

Map of Bells Bend and Narrows of the Harpeth.  (Image from Google Maps).

Map of Bells Bend and Narrows of the Harpeth. (Image from Google Maps).

Narrows of the Harpeth gets its name from the fact that the beginning and end of a seven-mile loop of the river around Bells Bend are within a couple of hundred feet of each other, separated by a high bluff.

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In 1818 Montgomery Bell, a businessman, cut a tunnel through the bluff that separates the two sides of the Narrows of the Harpeth.  This tunnel allowed him to create enough moving water to power a forge which he established on the site.

Kelly and Chuck at the pool where the tunnel empties on the downriver side of the narrows.  Narrows of the Harpeth State Park, Kingston Springs, Tennessee.  April 20, 2014.

Kelly and Chuck at the pool where the tunnel empties on the downriver side of the narrows. Narrows of the Harpeth State Park, Kingston Springs, Tennessee. April 20, 2014.

The four of us hiked to the downriver side of the tunnel.  There is nothing left of the forge, but a pool into which the water from the tunnel empties provided a wonderful place to sit and enjoy a beautiful day.

 

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22 Responses to “Our World: Narrows of the Harpeth”

  1. Eileen Says:

    George, what a neat park..The water coming out of the tunnel is a pretty scene.. Great post. Have a happy week!

  2. Kathy Says:

    Beautiful! What did he use the forge for? Even man-made, waterfalls are so inspiring! Nice photos, too, of Kelly and Chuck!

  3. MadSnapper Says:

    love that tunnel and what a beautiful spot. the first photo i would like to sit out on that big rock and rest with my camera in my lap…

  4. Rick Says:

    I just hiked that yesterday for the first time and wrote a post about it. Very cool place to go.

  5. I Am Woody Says:

    What a neat spot!

  6. sylviakirks Says:

    What a beautiful place and such wonderful captures for the day, George!! Thanks as always for sharing the beauty of your world!! Have a great week!

  7. Betsy Adams Says:

    What a fun day we had!!!!! That’s one place I’d love to go back to sometime!!!!! Great photos —and great memories..
    Love,
    Wifey

  8. Ginny Hartzler Says:

    I have never heard of such a thing, but it would have been a fascinating thing to see! The river looks so calm!

  9. ewok1993 Says:

    so many beautiful parks in this country. you are showing us so many of them. glad you had a wonderful day with family.

    http://calrat.blogspot.com

  10. dayphoto Says:

    I love your photos and the google map…What a fun spot!

    ♥ღLinda

    http://coloradofarmlife.wordpress.com

  11. ladyfi Says:

    What a great day! Lovely shots.

  12. rhiebert Says:

    Beautiful scenery.I am sure this day was special in every way.

  13. Rajesh Says:

    Beautiful scenic place. Goods to see having good time with family.

  14. Linda G. Says:

    What a lovely, scenic park! I am happy that you and Betsy were able to enjoy Easter with family!

  15. Linda W. Says:

    Wow, that fellow went to an awful lot of trouble to power a forge!

  16. MaryBeth Says:

    What a neat place. Thanks for sharing. MB

  17. Rose Says:

    I’d love to visit that place…it is nice that you got to get together with family there.

  18. ladyfi Says:

    What a lovely place!

  19. fishhawk Says:

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  20. Judy Says:

    In 1818, that was a major feat of tunnelling!!!What a strange way for the river to flow! Glad you had a good day!

  21. Lorri Says:

    What stunning captures of nature’s beauty. It reminds me a bit of the Caney Fork River, at certain points.

  22. Sartenada Says:

    Wonderful place for a visit.

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