Try a different, more relaxed means of travel. Your adventuresome spirit will set the course along interconnecting blueways spread across Tennessee.
In Tennessee, water of all varieties abounds. But, it is the state's more than 60,000 miles of rivers, streams and creeks--made easily accessible through Tennessee's neatly organized blueway system--that makes it a paddler's ultimate destination.
From the French Broad Blueway, which follows the world's third oldest river, to the Duck River Blueway, which flows through 6 counties, there is no better way to view the Tennessee countryside than by boat, kayak, canoe or raft. Camp at the designated campsites along the way, or pull out at one of the access points that line the blueway.
When you want to see the best of Tennessee, both urban and wild, there is simply no better view than that from the water.
Duck River Blueway
The scenic Duck River Blueway has something for everyone, waterwise. It features the only Class II rapid on the lower part of the river, several series of fast running shoals, numerous islands, historic features, and a great abundance of wildlife. ...more
City: , TN
French Broad River & Blueway
One of only two rivers that flows north, it’s also the world’s third-oldest river, behind the Nile and New Rivers. The French Broad flows for 210 miles through Asheville, North Carolina, into Tennessee, then into the Mississippi River and Gulf of Mexico. ...more
City: , TN
Phone: (828) 252-8474
Harpeth River Blueway
As a joint endeavor between the Harpeth River Watershed Association (HRWA) and the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Association (TSRA), the vision of the Project is to promote recreational opportunities, safety and the preservation of natural and cultural features along the Harpeth River through the provision of canoe/kayak access sites and accompanying signage. The Harpeth River, 125 miles long with over 1000 miles of tributaries, meanders through agricultural, forested and suburban areas of six counties in the greater Nashville region until it joins the Cumberland River. ...more
Tennessee River Blueway
The Tennessee River Blueway was formed by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) in the 1930s and designated as a river trail in 2002. The blueway extends from Chickamauga Dam in Chattanooga, flowing 48 miles west through the Tennessee River Gorge to Nickajack Dam in neighboring Marion County. ...more
Tennessee River Gorge
The only large river canyon bordering a mid-sized city, the Tennessee River Gorge is a unique carving of the river through the Cumberland Plateau, encompassing 27,000 acres. Habitats for more than a thousand varieties of plants, trees, grasses and flowers as well as a diversified wildlife population exist in this scenic terrain. ...more