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.

  • #1 Bayou du Chien at Reelfoot Lake

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    Erin, TN

    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 ...
    •  2 hours one way, 4 hours there and back
    •  7 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    McMinnville, TN

    This river offers clearwater paddling at the base of the Cumberland Plateau.
    •  4 hours
    •  8.3 miles
    •  Guide

    This river offers clearwater paddling at the base of the Cumberland Plateau.

  • #3 East Fork Stones River

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    Walterhill, TN

    This paddle flows through public lands near Percy Priest Lake, providing a natural experience near Murfreesboro.
    •  3.5 hours
    •  5.8 miles
    •  Guide

    This paddle flows through public lands near Percy Priest Lake, providing a natural experience near Murfreesboro.

  • #4 Sulphur Fork

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    Cedar Hill, TN

    This scenic creek is serviced by an outfitter and makes for a great outing with numerous waterfalls and cave springs along its banks.
    •  5.5 hours
    •  10.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This scenic creek is serviced by an outfitter and makes for a great outing with numerous waterfalls and cave springs along ...

  • #5 Nolichucky River

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    Limestone, TN

    This trip takes you on waters typical of the lower Nolichucky River. Quieter sections lead past agricultural land, but repeatedly the river will gather to descend in shoals that keep the paddling ...
    •  5 hours
    •  9.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This trip takes you on waters typical of the lower Nolichucky River. Quieter sections lead past agricultural land, but repeatedly ...

  • #6 Sycamore Creek

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    Ashland City, TN

    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.
    •  5.5 hours
    •  10.4 miles
    •  Guide

    Often overlooked by paddlers, this Cumberland River tributary has bluffs aplenty, waterfalls, a lakeand a dam portage. The ...

  • #7 Red River

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    Adams, TN

    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 ...
    •  3.5 hours
    •  7.6 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    Sequatchie County, TN

    A paddle down the Sequatchie River is the watery equivalent of sitting on the front porchits a relaxing endeavor that we enjoy when we get the chance and would like to do more often.
    •  4 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    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 released and continue their journey toward the Cumberland River.
    •  3.5 hours
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This is a classic tailwater paddle, beginning below Center Hill Dam. Here, the waters of the impounded Caney Fork River are ...

  • #10 Obey River

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    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.
    •  2.5 hours
    •  6.2 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    Nunnelly, TN

    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.
    •  2.5 hours
    •  4.8 miles
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    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

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    Centerville, TN

    This Duck River tributary is a first-rate swift creek paddle in a bucolic valley.
    •  2.5 hours
    •  5.3 miles
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    This Duck River tributary is a first-rate swift creek paddle in a bucolic valley.

  • #13 Yellow Creek

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    Vanleer, TN

    This swiftwater gravel-bottomed creek makes for a fun spring paddle.
    •  4 hours
    •  9.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This swiftwater gravel-bottomed creek makes for a fun spring paddle.

  • #14 Powell River

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    Ewing, TN

    Floating this part of the Tennessee countryside will take you back to a quieter, more relaxed time.
    •  4.5 hours
    •  8.9 miles
    •  Guide

    Floating this part of the Tennessee countryside will take you back to a quieter, more relaxed time.

  • #15 Hatchie River near Brownsville

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    Whiteville, TN

    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.
    •  6.5 hours
    •  12.9 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    Donelson, TN

    This year-round run in greater Nashville offers a scenic float in a surprisingly relaxed and scenic setting.
    •  3 hours
    •  7.1 miles
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    This year-round run in greater Nashville offers a scenic float in a surprisingly relaxed and scenic setting.

  • #17 Richland Creek

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    Lynnnville, TN

    This underutilized stream flows through the agricultural heart of Giles County.
    •  4.5 hours
    •  9.9 miles
    •  Guide

    This underutilized stream flows through the agricultural heart of Giles County.

  • #18 Little River

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    Walland, TN

    This segment of the Little River makes for a fun float. It offers cool clear aqua emanating from the Smokies in a mix of swift and slow segments.
    •  4 hours
    •  7.7 miles
    •  Guide

    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

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    Watauga Lake, TN

    This float below Wilbur Dam offers mountain scenery and fast cold water. End in Elizabethton after some fun rapids.
    •  3.5 hours
    •  8.5 miles
    •  Guide

    This float below Wilbur Dam offers mountain scenery and fast cold water. End in Elizabethton after some fun rapids.

  • #20 Shoal Creek

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    Westpoint, TN

    This paddle is a fun run down a swift and clear stream that flows off the Highland Rim.
    •  4.5 hours
    •  8.2 miles
    •  Guide

    This paddle is a fun run down a swift and clear stream that flows off the Highland Rim.