Kayaking in Nashville: the Cumberland River

Nashville from the Cumberland
Nashville from the Cumberland

It felt like Christmas morning yesterday as my friend and I met up to kayak starting at the Percy Priest Lake dam, down the Stones River to the Cumberland River, and finishing downtown. It was pretty amazing. With sun-burned arms, sore backs, and sore legs, we stepped on shore and practically kissed the dry land, 8 hours and 21 miles later (tracked through the awesome MapMyRun app)! Here’s where we started and finished (plus a gallery of pictures below)…Kayak Adventure MapThe highlights:
1. Watching a deer by the river bank. We floated upon it as it was eating, wagging it’s tail, and slowly making it’s way through the woods. Amazing to see it in it’s natural environment, virtually unaffected by any human disturbance.
2. Seeing a couple of bright yellow birds fly over the river.
3. Horses drinking water from the river.

horses drinking water.
horses drinking water.

4. 50-year-old women on a pontoon boat twerking as they motored past us. Actually, the visual that’s burned into my mind is a lowlight, but the odd experience is a highlight.
5. Finding a little spillway that looked like a place you’d find in Ireland (in the gallery below).
6. a view of downtown Nashville I’ve never seen before.

Anyone interested in another unforgettable adventure in kayaks, I’m up for it!
-Out of the Wilderness

Published by Ben Wilder

Since 2005, I've called Nashville home. I'm the leader of the pack, which includes an 11-year-old beagle and a 9-year-old blue heeler mix. My days include writing, video editing, dog boarding, and other fun activities. Thanks for checking out my blog, I hope you enjoy it!

3 thoughts on “Kayaking in Nashville: the Cumberland River

  1. I never see anyone paddlilng the Cumberland. Is there a reason for that? Is there some kind of danger paddling this route? I’ve only taken mine through creeks and small rivers.

    1. To my knowledge the only danger would be boaters/watercraft on the river. As far as the river vs. creeks/small rivers, it’s not as scenic, however, my friend and I saw lots of birds, horses drinking water by the river, and only encountered 2 or 3 boats/jet skis that day. The current was about 1mph down river, so perhaps not flowing very fast is another reason people don’t try it. I loved it and recommend trying it!!

  2. This pictoral story is fascinating! Haven’t seen this side of your many-faceted talents until now. VERY much looking forward to seeing you on your next trip to “your other home”.

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