Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in Tennessee

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.

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#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 physical features. Paddle down a slender cypress-lined waterway before open…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Erin, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7 miles
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#2. Reelfoot Lake Loop


This paddle trail explores numerous watery environments in a relatively short distance at Reelfoot National Wildlife Refuge. Follow an old canal to open water, before backtracking a bit to meander thr…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Union City, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.7 miles
Published by Falcon Guides

#3. 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 hasty current helps the scenic paddle.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Whiteville, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 12.9 miles
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#4. Hatchie River near Bolivar


This gorgeous and remote swamp river wanders through a wide bottomland offering wildlife viewing and a distinct paddling experience. The shuttle is easy too.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Whiteville, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.3 miles
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#5. Wolf RiverGhost River Section


This marked paddling trail begins a swift bottomland swamp river, then enters canoewidth channels and the Ghost River, which meanders through a cypress-tupelo swamp. It then opens into a lakelike open…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
LaGrange, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.4 miles
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#6. Wolf RiverMoscow Section


This swamp paddle is shorter than the more well-known Ghost River section of the Wolf. It does offer additional technical segments, which pass through wooded swamps. The lesser mileage makes it a bett…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Moscow, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.1 miles
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#7. Yellow Creek


This swiftwater gravel-bottomed creek makes for a fun spring paddle.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Vanleer, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9.9 miles
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#8. Piney River


This fun run drops 8 feet per mile! Before you imagine big rapids, wrap your brain around a fast creeklike waterway sliding over frequent gravel shoals.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Nunnelly, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 4.8 miles
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#9. Big Swan Creek


This Duck River tributary is a first-rate swift creek paddle in a bucolic valley.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Centerville, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.3 miles
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#10. Buffalo River


The Buffalo River is perhaps the most celebrated canoeing river in the Volunteer State.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Flat Woods, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10.7 miles
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#11. Shoal Creek


This paddle is a fun run down a swift and clear stream that flows off the Highland Rim.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Westpoint, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.2 miles
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#12. Richland Creek


This underutilized stream flows through the agricultural heart of Giles County.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Lynnnville, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9.9 miles
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#13. Duck River


The entire paddle is within the 37-mile section of the Duck that is a designated state scenic river.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Columbia, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.6 miles
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#14. Elk River


This paddle shows off the beauty of the Elk, a mostly swift waterway traveling over scattered fun Class I shoals.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Columbia, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8.8 miles
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#15. 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 waterfall flowing into the main stream. The river makes for a casual float and…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Adams, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 7.6 miles
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#16. Sulphur Fork


This scenic creek is serviced by an outfitter and makes for a great outing with numerous waterfalls and cave springs along its banks.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Cedar Hill, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10.5 miles
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#17. Sycamore Creek


Often overlooked by paddlers, this Cumberland River tributary has bluffs aplenty, waterfalls, a lakeand a dam portage. The only thing it doesnt have is year-round water.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Ashland City, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10.4 miles
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#18. Harpeth River Narrows


This is the most user-friendly river paddle in this entire guidebookyou dont need a shuttle to do it!…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Kingston Springs, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 5.5 miles
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#19. Harpeth River near Kingston Springs


This pleasant float on the Harpeth State Scenic River utilizes accesses of the greater Harpeth River State Park, a multiparcel recreation destination for hikers and paddlers alike.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Kingston Springs, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 6.4 miles
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#20. Cumberland River


Float on Tennessees other big river below Old Hickory Dam. The verdant scenery and lack of use will surprise.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Tennessee"
Hendersonville, TN - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 9.8 miles
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