Little Harpeth River, Tennessee, US
Granny White Pike to Hwy 100 (Park & Play at Warner Rapid)
||I(II) (for normal flows)
This is a Metro Nashville/Brentwood run and has lots of access points. I have described the
sections between bridge crossings. This is my back yard run, so I am on it about 15 times a
There is a good Class II park & play at "Warner Rapid" inside Edwin Warner Park see description
Old Hickory Blvd runs the entire length of the run on river right & each of these access points are
1.) Granny White Pike to Wildwood Valley Dr. - 2.0 miles - Class I with a I+. There is at least 1
riverwide strainer in this section. No parking at Granny White Pike so get dropped off.
2.) Wildwood Valley Drive to Hillsboro Pike(Hwy431) - 0.5 miles with an ok I+ surfing wave. There
is ok parking at Wildwood Valley Rd. but you will be in a residential neighborhood. There is
excellent access/parking at the Old Ante Bellum Church on Hillsboro Pike. The church patrons are
very nice and will let you park there.
3.) Hillsboro Pike to Vaughn Rd.- 2.5 miles - Class I with one 200 yd Class II section where
powerlines cross the river. There are small play waves and a couple of ledges where you can side
surf. At flood stage this 2nd ledge creates one of the best waves in Nashville and pushes up to
II+. The wave keeps you in it and you can do spins all day. No eddies, so you sometimes have to
drag back up. There are a few other small shoals before Vaughn Rd.
Note: about 1 mile before Vaughn Rd. Edwin Warner Park will be on river right and will continue for
the next 2.5 miles, and allows for multiple access points. Rangers allow boaters even at flood
4.) Vaughn Rd. to Hwy 100 on Big Harpeth River - 2.0 miles - Class I with one very solid Class II
called "Warner Rapid". At flood this will push up to Class III. This is the best rapid I have found
in Metro Nashville. This rapid is the park and play. It can be accessed by turning right into Edwin
Warner Park from Vaughn Rd and driving all the way back to the end of the Park. The rapid is right
next to the 2nd-to-last picknick area/shelter. Warner Rapid is a broken 2 foot ledge. The left side
is a straight drop with a sticky hole at high water. The right side is a slide that developes
multiple play spots/waves. 25 yds downstream is another Class II- that develops another good 360
wave at certain levels. More people play here than in Warner Rapid. The last mile of the run is
Class I to the confluence with Big Harpeth. You will have to paddle 100yds of the Big Harpeth.
There is a State of TN sponsored access point on river left just before & at the Hwy 100 bridge. I
think there is a fee box, requesting around $3. I always run Hillsboro Rd. to below Warner Rapid
and take out in the Park.
NOTE: ALWAYS WATCH OUT FOR STRAINERS ON THIS RUN ESPECIALLY AT FLOOD!
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Last Updated: 2004-06-08 03:53:43