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Places to Paddle, Kayak, Canoe in Tennessee

Kayaking & Canoeing in Tennessee - Kayaking, Canoeing

Click on the links below to find some of the best places to kayak, canoe and paddle in Tennessee.

Kayaking & canoeing locations include Harpeth River, Cumberland River, Tennessee State Parks, Cheatham County Parks.

Tennessee is one of the nation's leading states offering recreational waterways. While there are no boating registration requirements for kayaks and canoes on Tennessee waterways, there are some regulations that all boaters should be aware of. Click here to find out more about:

Tennessee Boating Regulations



Harpeth River - Access

There are many public access points for kayaking and canoeing on the Harpeth River throughout Cheatham and Williamson counties. Here are a few:

Harpeth River State Park -Narrows of the Harpeth Kingston Springs

Hwy 70 at Cedar Hill Rd in Kingston Springs

Kingston Springs City Park

Located in downtown Kingston Springs

Harpeth River State Park Hidden Lake

McCory Lane, Pegram

Harpeth River State Park- Narrows of the Harpeth

Kingston Springs

Highway 100

Near Old Hickory Blvd - (Davidson County)

Coley Davis Road - (Davidson County)

Williamson County Recreation Center


Cumberland River Access- Cheatham County

Sycamore Creek Recreational Area

Sycamore Creek Recreational Area is located only 4 miles northwest of Ashland City, on Chapmansboro Road. Public access to the river.

Bluff Creek Recreational Area

Bluff Creek is located two miles west of Ashland City on State Route 49. A launching ramp is available for public access to the river.

Brush Creek Recreational Area

Brush Creek, Located about 3.5 miles south of Ashland City on River Road. Boat ramp with public access to the river.

Sams Creek Recreational Area

Sams Creek Recreational Park is located off River Road. Public access to the river.

Riverbluff Park

Riverbluff Park is located at Cumberland St & State Hwy 49, Ashland City, along side the scenic Cumberland River. This is a 20 acre park that has a double boat ramp with a 30' dock.


Duck River

Winding 269 miles through Middle Tennessee, the Duck River is one of the state's most scenic waterways. Click here to find Duck River maps by county - with canoe, kayak access points.

The Duck River Blueway runs through Maury and Marshall counties. Click here for the Duck River Blueway Guide


Tennessee State Parks

Tennessee State Parks West Tennessee, East Tennessee, Middle Tennessee

Lakes, Ponds, Rivers and Streams There are many kayaking and canoeing opportunities in Tennessee State Parks.


For more information on kayaking & canoeing in Tennessee, click on the links below:

Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association


Harpeth River Watershed Association


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