Acclaimed as one of the best river towns in the US, Nashville and surrounding areas boast a river for every reason and every season. Whether you just want a gentle family cruise along a river to fish or watch the wildlife, or an intense action-packed whitewater rafting adventure, the rivers of Tennessee are guaranteed to give you an inspiring experience.
If you are new to the sport, there are a number of companies in the area that provide hands-on training to help you master the art. Private or group lessons are offered for people of all levels of experience by professional instructors. All gear is provided and the lessons include handy information regarding what equipment to buy, how to transport a kayak and how to stay afloat in rough waters!
Guided group excursions and day trips along some of the most beautiful rivers are very popular. Guides that are certified by the American Canoe Association accompany guests to offer paddling instruction. The day trips include all the basic equipment, canoe or kayak rental as well as a shuttle service. Groups of up to 20 people can be accommodated.
A day paddle on one of the beautiful rivers in Middle Tennessee is akin to a revitalizing holiday. Kayaking is a wonderful form of outdoor exercise and investing in a boat and gear guarantees you years of inexpensive fun. It is also a great way to meet new friends. You can glide across glass-like water while you try to hook some fish, watch the water birds, or shoot the rapids.
Gliding through crystal waters while listening to the sounds of nature is one of the most revitalizing and relaxing activities one can embark upon. Each river has its own enchantment and characteristics to offer a different experience. Whether you want to hook some trout, photograph the water birds or shoot the rapids, there's a river and a route for every taste.
Popular places for kayaking and boating include the Henry Horton State Park, Duck River canoeing and Percy Priest Lake. Adrenaline junkies can tackle the Nashvile Shore's Kayak Cove obstacle course. Lake Acorn, Lake Woodhaven and the lakes of Montgomery Bell State Park also offer some wonderful paddling opportunities in breathtaking surroundings.
The opportunities for boating, floating and kayaking along these beautiful rivers are countless. A guidebook describing 37 different paddling trips in the area is a good investment for prospective paddlers. Paddling Around Nashville, by author Patty Schultz, is a comprehensive guideline that describes all the rivers and creeks in Middle Tennessee, as well as noting launch points and other interesting information. It is a must for any serious kayak enthusiast.
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