About Your Rivers

Harpeth River

The Harpeth River is 125 miles long with over 1000 miles of tributaries. There are five major: the West Harpeth, the Little Harpeth, the South Harpeth, Turnbull Creek, and Jones Creek.

The Harpeth River meanders through agricultural, forested and suburban areas of six counties in the greater Nashville region until it joins the Cumberland River. The Harpeth River watershed refers to the total area of land — 870 square miles — which drains into the Harpeth River. The Harpeth is one of a system of unique freshwater rivers in the Southeastern United States, which contains a greater variety of aquatic life than anywhere else in the world. 

Humans are just one of the many species that call the Harpeth River Watershed their home. Click here to learn about the science and wildlife of the Harpeth? If you live in the watershed, at least some, if not all of your drinking water comes from the river. We all know water as that Mickey Mouse-shaped molecule of two parts hydrogen and one part oxygen. Unfortunately due to pollution, there is much more to it than that. Click here to learn about your river.