Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Mystery State Park: A Review

Posted By on Tue, Apr 27, 2010 at 6:00 AM

In short:

On a day when the waters lower, it looks like that path might go somewhere.
  • On a day when the water's lower, it looks like that path might go somewhere.

Location: Out 100 before the Loveless, under the bridge that crosses the Harpeth
Crowds: light
Approximate Age of Patrons: Undetermined
Topics of Conversation: n/a
Stray Dogs Seen: None
Types of Vehicles in Parking Lots: truck, two small cars
Perceived Safety: Middling
Number of Gunshots Heard: None
Dog Friendliness: undetermined
Number of pitbulls sighted: Mine
Accessibility: Low
Incorporation of Local History: None
Recommended Patrons: People who like to fish, admirers of bridges, people fishing their canoeing friends out of the river

A nice spot for a picnic.
  • A nice spot for a picnic.
I had set out to find the Harpeth River Park, but unless it's just the locked soccer fields off of Coley Davis Road, I never did find it. So we went in search of a park we could find, and we ended up in the little park under the bridge that crosses the Harpeth on 100. I looked on the state's website, though, and I can't find it listed.

I've reviewed parks that aren't really parks before, but never one that so forcefully insisted on its own park status. Shoot, it even had a little metal cylinder for visitors to put donations in. Was it lying about not being a park? Or has it been forgotten by the state?

The grass hadn't been mowed in some time, so maybe the state has forgotten about it. I don't know.

Anyway, it's very lovely and the bridge is also very striking. It'd be a nice place to take a picnic lunch (and they do have some tables). Just be aware that the driveway is steeper than you expect getting out, so if you are in a car, it's a little difficult to see if someone's coming.

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