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There are so many great kayaking locations to choose from all around the great state of Tennessee, and it’s not surprising to find kayakers paddling along many of the state’s rivers, both large and small, at almost any time of year. Here are some of the top Tennessee kayaking spots for you to enjoy on your next visit to the state, as well as the contact details of kayak rental and tour outfitters in each respective area.
· Duck River
The longest river to be situated entirely in the state of Tennessee, the Duck River runs for almost 300 miles in total and provides some stunning scenery, with gravel bars and little secluded spots perfect for picnics and photoshoots. Since this river is located in the Duck River State Natural Area, it's almost entirely green and natural, with barely any manmade monuments or buildings along the way, so it's a really great place to get away from the hustle and bustle or urban life and feel at one with nature.
The River Rat's Canoe Rental - 4361 US-431, Columbia, TN 38401 (931 381-2278)
· Ocoee River
Perhaps best-suited to experienced kayakers, the Ocoee River features some truly intense class III and IV rapids, with over 20 continued rapids in total, and is a prime spot for whitewater rafting and kayaking. Located in the picturesque Cherokee National Forest, this river was actually once used in the 1996 Olympics for a kayak/canoe event and can pose a real challenge to even the most skilled kayaker. In short, this is the place to be if you want to take your kayaking to a new level in Tennessee.
Raft One - 4599 US-64, Copperhill, TN 37317 (888 723-8663)