The first trips of the year are arranged for March and carry on continuously during an eight month period of spring, summer, and fall. The company works on a 7 day basis, with a morning start at nine from Monday to Friday and a start time on Saturday and Sunday of eight. Visitors need to be there before one in the early afternoon if they want to take part in the lengthier excursions although the final start time for shorter trips is three.
The Harpeth has a Class 1 river rating that shows it does not flow particularly rapidly and has little in the way of obstacles for boaters to worry about. Even novice kayakers should therefore find it relatively simple to make their way along it. Everything required to take on an expedition is supplied by the operator to ensure that visitors are fully equipped to attempt the trip.
Visitors have the choice of Buffalo or Mad River canoes for their trip on the Harpeth. They are of a size that can easily accommodate two adults although are strong enough to cope with a family comprising parents and a couple of children under five. The molded seats are designed to provide a comfortable ride for any length of trip.
The shortest outing available sets off from the bridge on Route 70 and takes in a 1.5 mile stretch of the river downstream from this. It is the one most suitable for children and is a good choice for families. There is also a 5 mile trip that commences at the park in the town of Kingston Springs and this ends at the Route 70 Bridge.
The two longest trips available end with a take out point at Harris Street. The first of these starts in Gossett Tract State Park, with paddlers making their way along a nine mile section of the Harpeth. The second begins slightly further upstream at the Highway 70 crossing and this trip is around eleven miles in length.
The company manages a tent campground for visitors that want to stay in the vicinity of the river. This is set out over a four acre area of land at Foggy Bottom and there are a variety of amenities available for the comfort of visitors. A restroom remains open around the clock and there are also picnic facilities, campfire pits, and a garden hose for water.
Those enjoying the canoe trips can be assured of some impressive views along the way. The Mound Bottom settlement was an important part of the Indian civilization that lived in the area between the 11th and 17th century and remnants of this can still be seen on the river banks to this day. The Montgomery Bell water tunnel constructed through rock by slaves during the early 1800s is also well worth seeing.
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