Backpacking through East Tennessee and Camping in Harpeth Valley


Since they were born, the kids have been on ventures, road-tripping across the United States. They were not old enough to remember trekking the Grand Canyon or petrified forest, but I continue to prioritize these experiences. We spent many days backpacking through east Tennessee, exploring trails, searching for waterfalls, camping with wildlife, and listening to running creeks as a soundtrack, driving hundreds of miles to unforgettable journeys. 

We found several natural areas passing through Harpeth River State Park, which has 40 miles of river. Three hiking trails with a half-mile bluff overlook included a steep ascent offering a panoramic view of the Harpeth Valley. After hiking a half-mile-long trail, we found ourselves at a small waterfall, a site of one of the oldest man-made tunnels in existence today, Montgomery Bell. We walked through wildflower meadows and picnicked along different waterways. 

I hope the kids learn that the best experiences in life come from stepping outside their comfort zone and going on adventures. 

Backpacking to unknown places through east Tennessee


Mya, the furry husky, has no fear of heights. She loves going on adventures.




Man-made tunnel built in the early 19th century to take advantage of the drop in river elevations in a bend in the Harpeth River, to operate an iron forge. 








Man-made tunnel built in the early 19th century to take advantage of the drop in river elevations in a bend in the Harpeth River, to operate an iron forge.




Mya Mia, the white furry husky, loves adventures too!

Greenery and peace captured on the trail

One of the pathways leading to the side of a mountain
















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