Fall is approaching, and the colors of the season are truly breathtaking. A unique way to view and enjoy the fall foliage is on one of Tennessee’s lakes and rivers in a Kayak or Canoe. Kayaks are used for fishing or for recreational access to the beautiful landscapes and waterfalls prevalent in Tennessee. Many beginners choose to rent a kayak for their first few outings, but if you fall in love with the sport, recreational kayaks are affordable, especially if you want to get on the water often.
There are two types; a sit-in that you sit inside an enclosure closer to water level, and a sit-on-top open deck style. A sit-on-top is great in the heat of summer, especially if you enjoy swimming because they are easy to get on and off. In the cooler spring and fall weather it is best to use the sit-in-type that is designed for one or two paddlers. And for your personal safety, always dress appropriately and have access to a good floatation device.
Here are some of the best places to kayak in Tennessee:
Harpeth River. The river runs along a park in the middle of the state and is one of the best places to kayak in Tennessee. The river features kayaking for beginners to advanced kayakers with some of the river calmer and suitable for those new to the sport.
Little Bear Creek Reservoir. The reservoir features four different dams and is one of the best places to kayak in Tennessee, especially for beginners. The water is mild and smooth without a lot of rifts making it better for those just starting out.
Cherokee Reservoir. The reservoir, while known as a popular fishing region, is also an excellent spot to kayak in Tennessee. The water is suited for beginners and intermediate kayakers. Locals and visitors make use of the reservoir with several campgrounds, parks, and boat docks.
Boone Reservoir. The lake is in the northeastern portion of the state, and it is one of the best places to kayak in Tennessee. The lake is suitable for beginners, intermediate and advanced kayakers. There is also a dock for safe and convenient kayak launching.
Ocoee Whitewater. The river offers some of the best kayaking in Tennessee. The region is best suited to intermediate to advanced kayakers because of the rougher water. Ocoee Dam 2 and 3 release water into Ocoee 1, making the water choppy and suitable for white water rafting and competitive kayaking.
If kayaking is a bit outside of your comfort zone, canoeing is a great alternative. One of the most popular places to rent a kayak or canoe is in Middle Tennessee near Silver Point, TN. Silver Point is the home of several popular attractions such as the beautiful Caney Fork River, Edgar Evins State Park, and Center Hill Lake. Silver Point is located approximately 45 minutes east of Nashville, just off interstate 40. The “Canoe the Caney”’ attraction (http://www.canoethecaney.com/) offers kayak, canoe, and jet ski rentals with several on-the-water time frames, routes, and adventures to choose from.
This fall when the foliage is in full color and you just want to appreciate and enjoy nature’s beauty, or you feel like a taking the family on a Haunted Canoe Trip to get ready for the Boogie Man on Halloween, “Canoe the Caney”’ is a great choice.