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The county is bisected from northwest to southeast by the Cumberland River, with Ashland City, the county seat, located on its northern bank. The southern portion of the county is bisected from southeast to northwest by the Harpeth River, which meanders through generally hilly country. The hills east of the Harpeth and south of the Cumberland are partly set aside by the state as the Cheatham State Wildlife Management Area.
Harpeth River State Park is a unique linear park located along the Harpeth River and offers natural, cultural, and recreational day use areas rich in historic significance and natural beauty. Canoe access areas are located at all sites (excluding archeological areas) providing beginner and advanced paddlers opportunities to float this beautiful class II river. Bring your own canoe or kayak or call local commercial outfitters for trip information and boat rentals. Whether you enjoy the thrill of fly fishing or spin casting, the river hosts large and small mouth bass, bream, crappie, bluegill, channel catfish and other game fish.
For your hiking and wildlife viewing pleasure, enjoy the solitude and tranquility of several miles of easy to difficult trails meandering through wildflower meadows, lush forests, and along majestic bluffs. At the Narrows of the Harpeth three trails originate at a common trailhead near the park entrance. A two mile bluff overlook trail includes a steep ascent to a narrow bluff offering hikers a panoramic view of the Harpeth Valley. A half-mile trail along the backside of the limestone bluff leads to the site of Montgomery Bell's Pattison Forge where a small waterfall is all that remains of the iron forge operation.
Cheatham Lock and Dam is located at river mile 148.7 on the Cumberland River approximately 9 miles downstream from Ashland City and 42 miles downstream from Nashville. Located near Metropolitan Nashville, the lake provides recreational opportunities to millions of visitors each year. There are many opportunities to fish, hunt, camp, picnic, boat, water ski, canoe, hike, and enjoy the outdoors in many other ways. The numerous species of wildlife here, including abundant populations of waterfowl and wading birds, make nature study and photography additional exciting pastimes.