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Harpeth River State Park is located in northern Tennessee, close to the cities of Nashville, Clarksville, and Dickson. Harpeth River State Park itself, as the name suggests, lies along the banks of the Harpeth River. The state park was created to connect several archaeological and natural sites along the lower Harpeth River. These include an incised meander known as the ‘Narrows of the Harpeth’ and the ‘Montgomery Bell Tunnel.’
Along with these historical sites, Harpeth River State Park’s location along the river bank opens up a wide opportunity for waterside recreation such as fishing and all sorts of boating. These varied experiences, combined with its close locations to cities such as Nashville, make Harpeth River State Park the ideal place to take an RV rental. Accessing the state park with a rental RV is made even easier with U.S. 70 running just below the park’s boundaries.
Book a camper near Harpeth River State Park, and delight in its history, riverside recreation, and the green lands of Tennessee that surround it. Search for an RV in Cheatham County to begin your Harpeth River State Park adventure today.
Harpeth River State Park lies along the shorelines of the Harpeth River, and it is no surprise that one of its biggest draws is to fishermen and women campers. Keen anglers can cast from a large stretch of riverside banks and land a wide verity of fish species on the Harpeth River. Harpeth River State Park campers can try their hand at catching smallmouth bass, largemouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish, and many more kinds of game fish. Campers are reminded that a Tennessee fishing license is needed to fish along the Harpeth River, yet with such an abundance of fish, it is always worth it.
Alongside the great fishing to be had here, boating is also a popular pastime at Harpeth River State Park. The river and state park has several put-in and takeout points in close proximity, making it the perfect place for both canoeing and kayaking. Boaters can easily complete a 7-mile trip along the looping meander of the Harpeth in Tennessee’s Western Highland Rim. Those motorhome camping without their own boats should not worry too much, just head to the local ‘Foggy Bottom Canoe and Kayak Rentals’ just south of the park. Here campers can rent boats for the day, all at competitive prices.
It is not only the draw of the flowing river that entices campers to Harpeth River State Park. The state park's location among the green lands of Tennessee makes it an ideal place for hiking and nature watching. Its most abundant population of animals has to be its birds, and any keen birder or birdwatcher should not pass up an opportunity to visit Harpeth River State Park. Birds to be seen here include northern bobwhite, American goldfinch, great blue, and green herons, belted kingfishers, prothonotary warblers, and many more.
Those RV camping at Harpeth River State Park will not be able to overnight camp within the park grounds themselves. This being said, there are several local campgrounds that can accommodate RV campers. ‘Harpeth River Bridge Campground’ just north of Harpeth River State Park is an ideal place to set up camp. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups are provided here. Facilities include a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, and picnic tables. Many of the sites here are pull-thru, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome.
Piney River Resort is a little further west, yet offers an extensive list of amenities and facilities. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewage hookups are again provided here. Facilities include a dump station, shower block, flushing toilets, a laundry service, and picnic tables, Pets are welcome on-site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
The city of Nashville is only a half hour’s drive east of Harpeth State Park and offers a wide range of day trip opportunities. The ‘Nashville Zoo at Grassmere’ is a perfect fun day out for families visiting Nashville, especially those with young children. The zoo covers nearly two-hundred acres and is home to six and a half thousand animals encompassing four hundred species, great for lovers of the animal world. Alongside the zoo’s exciting animal exhibitions, there is also the Grassmere Historic Home. This early 19th-century house is also on the National Register of Historic Homes.
Families with young children should take a visit to the Adventure Science Center in Nashville. This center offers children a wide range of interactive exhibitions that allow them to learn through play. Each hands-on exhibit and display cover a range of topics from biology, physics, earth science, listening, and air & space. This fun-filled day will both entertain and educate the young ones on the camping trip and allow parents to relax.
An hour’s drive north will take campers to the city of Clarksville, home to the Fort Defiance Civil War Park & Interpretive Center. Once the location of a Civil War fort, the center now welcomes visitors to soak up the palpable history through its interactive exhibitions. The interactive site covers 1,500-square-foot and includes original fortifications such as the outer earthworks, gun platforms, and powder magazines. This is a must-visit for those interested in the Civil War and American History as a whole.