If you’re looking to rent a kayak or head out on a pre-planned kayaking tour of Nashville, these are the people to call.
· Cumberland Kayak - 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213 (615 800-7321)
Cumberland Kayak, as the name suggests, focuses along Nashville's famous Cumberland River. Often regarded as one of the prettiest rivers in all of Tennessee, the Cumberland River is surrounded by a lot of stunning scenery and beautiful wildlife.
Kayakers paddling along these routes will be able to take in all of the natural and man-made views as well as potentially spotting some turtles, herons, beavers, fish, and more. This operator runs several different kayaking at great prices, including skyline and nature tours, so there's always a reason to come back for more and try something new.
· River Queen Voyages - 2 Victory Ave, Nashville, TN 37213 (615 933-9778)
River Queen Voyages is one of the top kayaking operators in downtown Nashville. This company runs two different self-guided kayaking tours along the Cumberland River, allowing you to take in all of the sights and sounds of Nashville from the water, while paddling at your own pace and being able to pause for photos and breaks as you wish.
The 1-hour route won an award for providing the 'Best View of the City' and focuses on Nashville's riverwalk, while the 2-hour route is more rural, taking in forests and farms along Shelby Bottoms. Both routes are a lot of fun and enjoyable for kayakers of all ages.
· Paddle Dog Adventures - 1008 Westhaven Blvd, Franklin, TN 37064 (615 975-0732)
A little way south of downtown Nashville sits Paddle Dog Adventures. This welcoming kayak and paddle company runs paddle, canoe, and kayak rentals on Westhaven Lake, as well as the Harpeth River.
These are some of the top kayaking spots in the surrounding Nashville area, with crystal clean, calm waters that are wonderful to kayak along, especially for younger kayakers and families who simply want to take their time and enjoy the ride. Harpeth River kayaking tours last two hours and are by appointment only. The Paddle Dog Adventures team will set you up with your kayaks and drive you out to the launching spot for your adventure before sending you on your way.