Kayak Rentals and River Outfitters

So, you’re just now finding out about kayaking and want to give it a try, but you don’t know where to start. I suggest starting small on some easy rivers. There are quite a few different places that provide kayak rental and shuttle services near-by and far away. I’ll do my best here to add the ones I know about.


Foggy Bottom Canoes and Kayaks

1270 Highway 70
Kingston Springs, TN
(615) 952-4052

Come with us and canoe Nashville on the scenic Harpeth River. We’re the place to come if you want to canoe Tennessee rivers. We offer the best service and the lowest prices on the Harpeth River.

Scenic canoe trips, on a Class 1 river, through historic areas. Family fun. Primitive camping. Call and ask about our campsites.

We are here to help you enjoy a great canoe trip down the Harpeth River. We’ll provide the canoes, paddles and life vests. Then we’ll provide transportation to and from the river. We even have shaded parking so you don’t have to come back to a hot car.

The Harpeth is a Class 1 river, which means that it’s slow-moving with a few mild rapids thrown in to wake the paddler up. It’s an easy float for anyone who wants to fish, swim or just relax.

Around almost every bend of the sinuous Harpeth is a gravel or sand bar on which to stop and swim, sun or picnic. Fish are jumping, especially smallmouth bass, and also catfish, croppie and perch. Other river critters you’re likely to see include otters, beaver, deer, blue herons, ducks, snakes and turtles. The scenery itself is an eyeful – mile after mile of overhanging trees interspersed with grassy fields and towering rock cliffs.



1279 Highway 70
Kingston Springs, TN  37082
(800) 550-5810
Tip-A-Canoe is now the oldest canoe and kayak rental company in the State of Tennessee and the South under the same management. It is believed to be one of the oldest, if not the oldest canoe and kayak outfitter in the Nation.

We are family owned and operated. We work to promote the canoeing and kayaking experience, river safety, and the beauty of the natural enviornment.

Tip-A-Canoe has been operating on the Harpeth River even before it became a Scenic River, and before the Narrows of the Harpeth was a state park.

Tip-A-Canoe Stores, Inc. is a Tennessee Corporation with State and Federal trademarks.

Tip-A-Canoe is noted for its community support and involvement throughout Cheatham county and Middle Tennessee.

River Rats Canoe Rental
Located on the Duck River in Columbia, TN.
4361 Highway 431
Columbia, TN 38401
This last one is a bit of a hike, but totally worth it. It was my first river in a kayak and caused me to fall in love with this sport. I’ve included a run-down of the rapids here. There’s plenty of great camping around this area, so if you come, never fear, camping is available.
Cartecay River Experience
2400 Highway 52
East Ellijay, GA  30536
The Cartecay River
*OUR First OPTION Put-In*
Sexton’s (Class II, Mile 1.0)
About a mile below Lower Cartecay Road you will see some houses on river right. These houses look out of place in the mountains because they have long
green lawns leading down to the river. Here, a narrow chute on river right forms a small Class II rapid. Run it down the right and eddy out left or right at the
Rock Garden (Class II, Mile 1.3)
A quarter mile down river is “Rock Garden”, another Class II. Look for a narrow slot in the middle of the drop at the top of the rapid. Go over the drop with a left
angle and immediately make a sharp turn back to the right. Follow the channel down the middle, but look out for a pinning rock about 1/3 of the way down.
Eddy out at the bottom on the right or the left. There is a decent squirt spot on river left at the bottom. Large kayaks and canoes may have trouble navigating
Rock Garden at levels below 1.2′.
Surfing Rapid (Class II, Mile 1.5)
After Rock Garden work your way through some shoals and pools until you come to a river wide ledge known as “Surfing Rapid. Here is a good place for
beginners to work on their surfing skills. It has a good recovery pool and a nice beach, but you should be prepared to roll or get rescued because it is easy to
flip here. More shoals after “Surfing Rapid”, then “S-Turn”.
S-Turn (Class II+, Mile 1.8)
An island in the middle of the river marks the entrance to “S-Turn”. Run left of the island and stay far left to avoid getting stuck on rocks. Beginners will want to
scout “S-Turn”. Eddy out on river left to scout. The most distinguishing feature of this rapid is the sluice that forms at the top of the ledge on river left. The river
makes a sharp right turn through the sluice, and then quickly turns back to the left. Most beginners will run this rapid by aggressively paddling through the
sluice and turning left after the drop. Others will catch the large eddy on river right and continue the run from there. At levels above 1.6′ you can skip the sluice
and drop straight over the ledge. Either way, you need to paddle aggressively the rest of the way. Punch the hole at the bottom. Eddy out river right or river left.
If you eddy left be aware of the undercut rock at the bottom of the eddy. “S-Turn” is rated Class II+ at normal levels. At 4-6′ it is definitely a solid Class III.
Whirlpool (Class II+, Mile 2.0)
“Whirlpool” gets its name from the large swirling eddy on river right at the bottom of the rapid. Beginners will want to avoid this and eddy left, where there is a
large pool. Be careful though, because the left eddy has a very dynamic eddy line. For best results run “Whirlpool” with a left angle and paddle hard for river
left.”Whirlpool” is rated Class II+ at normal levels. At levels above 4′ it becomes a Class III/III+. At these levels a very large hole forms at the bottom of the
rapid. Run the sneak down the left to avoid this hazard. I don’t recommend playing in this hole. It is shallow and people have been known to get hurt or break
their paddles while attempting to play here.
Blackberry Falls (Class II+, Mile 2.3)
The grand finale of the run is “Blackberry Falls”. It looks intimidating to beginners but it is actually just a big Ole’ slide. It ends in a haystack that tends to stop and
flip those who air-brace, rudder, or otherwise don’t paddle. You know, beginners. The classic “Blackberry” run is down the center with a slight left angle. Look
for the green hump of water just below the top and split it with your boat. Paddle hard and punch through the haystack at the bottom. Eddy left or right –
preferably left. The other popular line is the diagonal line from left to right. If you are good enough, and lucky enough, you can catch the wave above the
haystack and surf it. “Blackberry Falls”
is Class II+, Class III/III+ at levels above 4′.
“Take Out”
The “Take Out” is right after the Bridge on the right hand side of the river.

*After this there is also another option to go right down to the DNR take out.
This float is an additional approximate 2 miles containing Clear Creek Falls and “Mister Twister”

Call us and make your reservations today
Cartecay River Experience
1-706-889-1108 or 706-531-GRIN