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Middle Tennessee on Foot: Hikes in the Woods & Walks on Country Roads (John F. Blair Publishers, 1998 ), by Robert Brandt.

A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, by Bob Sehlinger and Bob Lantz (Houghton Mifflin, 1979).

Wildflowers of the Central South, by Thomas E. Hemmerly (Vanderbilt Univ. Press, 1990).

Peterson Field Guide Wildflowers: Northeastern/North Central North America (Houghton Mifflin, 1968).

 

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Canoeing the Harpeth

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If you are interested in taking a canoe trip, you're not too far from the Harpeth River. Roughly between the first of March and the end of October (opening and closing dates vary according to water level, air temperature, and water temperature), you can rent a canoe to float the Harpeth. Here are a few outfitters you can contact for more information:

Canoe Music City: 615-952-4211
1203 Hwy 70 South
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Foggy Bottom Canoe Rental: 615-952-4062
1270 Highway 70
Kingston Springs, TN 37082

Tip-A-Canoe: 615-254-0836
Highway 70 at the Harpeth River
Schacklett, TN 37082

These canoe outfitters are all located on Highway 70, near Kingston Springs, Tennessee.

Here's an excerpt from the 1979, A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee, by Bob Sehlinger and Bob Lantz, that will give you an idea of what is remarkable about the Harpeth River:

Hard in the heart of middle Tennessee, the Harpeth offers a change of pace for the thousands of metropolitan residents who know enough to walk out their back doors and cart their gear to the nearest neighborhood put-in. The Harpeth is a State Scenic River within Nashville's Davidson County. It is also a stream with over 100 miles rural miles of Class 1 floating . . . the Harpeth means history! The farther downstream you travel, the further back in time you reach. This major historical conduit will float you through the disastrous Frankling battlefield of the Civil War; then take you further back to an outlaw time along the Natchez Trace; and finally you're in the heart of a pre-Indian culture circa AD 1200. . . at river mile 33, (you'll find) Mound Bottom, a bend in the river now owned by the state, with ceremonial and burial mounds dating to prehistoric times. A petroglyph "scepter" appears on a bluff on the other side of the river overlooking the ceremonial sites. . . The Harpeth system is generally pastoral with a few solid Class II rapids thrown in to wake the paddler up.

Before you take that hike or canoe trip, you may want to stock up on some grub. Check out the BlueShoe's Guide to the Farmers Market for suggestions.



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