This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in Tennessee. Use this list to plan your next Tennessee flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.
#1 Bayou du Chien at Reelfoot Lake
This paddle skirts the eastern edge of Reelfoot Lake, the iconic body of water that stands as one of Tennessees most notable ...
#2 Collins River
This river offers clearwater paddling at the base of the Cumberland Plateau.
#3 East Fork Stones River
This paddle flows through public lands near Percy Priest Lake, providing a natural experience near Murfreesboro.
#4 Sulphur Fork
Cedar Hill, TN
This scenic creek is serviced by an outfitter and makes for a great outing with numerous waterfalls and cave springs along ...
#5 Nolichucky River
This trip takes you on waters typical of the lower Nolichucky River. Quieter sections lead past agricultural land, but repeatedly ...
#6 Sycamore Creek
Ashland City, TN
Often overlooked by paddlers, this Cumberland River tributary has bluffs aplenty, waterfalls, a lakeand a dam portage. The ...
#7 Red River
The Red is a classic Tennessee paddle and has been a favorite for decades. Travel down a bluff-lined valley with an added ...
#8 Sequatchie River
Sequatchie County, TN
A paddle down the Sequatchie River is the watery equivalent of sitting on the front porchits a relaxing endeavor that we ...
#9 Caney Fork River
Center Hill Lake, TN
This is a classic tailwater paddle, beginning below Center Hill Dam. Here, the waters of the impounded Caney Fork River are ...
#10 Obey River
Dale Hollow Lake, TN
This year-round run starts at the dam outflow of scenic Dale Hollow Lake and heads past big water scenery to Celina.
#11 Piney River
This fun run drops 8 feet per mile! Before you imagine big rapids, wrap your brain around a fast creeklike waterway sliding ...
#12 Big Swan Creek
This Duck River tributary is a first-rate swift creek paddle in a bucolic valley.
#13 Yellow Creek
This swiftwater gravel-bottomed creek makes for a fun spring paddle.
#14 Powell River
Floating this part of the Tennessee countryside will take you back to a quieter, more relaxed time.
#15 Hatchie River near Brownsville
This unchanneled swamp river is further protected as part of the Hatchie National Wildlife Refuge. Its a long trip, but a ...
#16 Stones River below Percy Priest Dam
This year-round run in greater Nashville offers a scenic float in a surprisingly relaxed and scenic setting.
#17 Richland Creek
This underutilized stream flows through the agricultural heart of Giles County.
#18 Little River
This segment of the Little River makes for a fun float. It offers cool clear aqua emanating from the Smokies in a mix of ...
#19 Watauga River
Watauga Lake, TN
This float below Wilbur Dam offers mountain scenery and fast cold water. End in Elizabethton after some fun rapids.
#20 Shoal Creek
This paddle is a fun run down a swift and clear stream that flows off the Highland Rim.