Nashville Kayak Shops

Paddling oriented shops near you!


Recently, I’ve found out about a store our in Cookeville, TN that carries all kinds of great paddlesports gear and its much closer to us than Chattanooga. I’ve recently been talking with them on bringing a series of winter Hometown Throwdowns to the Mid/Tn area. Here is their information:







The Outdoor Experience

124 E Broad St
Cookeville, TN 38501
Directions to the store from I-40:
1. Head west on I-40 W

4.3 mi

2. Take exit 280 for TN-56 N towardGainesboro/Baxter

0.2 mi

3. Turn left onto TN-56 S/Gainesboro Hwy/Old Gainsboro Rd

Continue to follow TN-56 S/Gainesboro Hwy

0.1 mi

4. Turn left to merge onto I-40 E towardKnoxville

6.9 mi

5. Take exit 287 for TN-136 S towardCookeville

0.2 mi

6. Turn left onto S Jefferson Ave

1.9 mi

7. Turn left onto E Broad St

Destination will be on the right

0.2 mi



A great place to go for all your paddling needs is Rock Creek Paddlesports in Chattanooga, TN. Recently I stopped in there on the way back from Atlanta. They gave me a great deal on pogies, gloves, and neoprene socks! Ever since then I’ve been warmer than ever before. Here’s their information pulled from


Rock/Creek was named Backpacker Magazine & SNEWS’ 2009 Online Retailer of the Year. [Read the full story on our blog, The Chronicle]

Outdoor Business also put us in their “Top 25 Outdoor Retailers” list for 2008 & 2009.

Rock/Creek is an independent specialty outdoor retailer based in Chattanooga, Tennessee with over 20 years of brick and mortar experience. With a dedicated staff of outdoor enthusiasts and gear experts, Rock Creek offers only the very best outdoor apparel and equipment from top brands like Marmot, Patagonia, Arc’Teryx, The North Face, Chaco Sandals, Montrail, and others to ensure that customers are comfortable and safe in the outdoors.

Grassroots Outdoor Alliance

Along with our online specialty shops, and, we provide quality gear for a host of outdoor sports including kayaking, rock climbing, camping, hiking, trail running, and adventure racing. As a leader in the outdoor industry and in the larger community, we use outdoor retail as a platform to encourage outdoor recreation and environmental stewardship and to improve access to the backcountry. Rock Creek hosts the annual StumpJump 50K Trail Race, attracting top competitors from across the nation, and is a major sponsor of the Triple Crown Bouldering Series.

As part of this mission, Rock/Creek is a proud member of the Grassroots Outdoor Alliance, a group of independent outdoor shops dedicated to the sustainability of the specialty outdoor channel and the quality of the outdoor enthusiast’s experience. We stand together to help facilitate a market for performance-oriented, revolutionary products, create a unified marketing presence for high quality, local outdoor specialists, and help protect and sustain the quality and access to the environment on a local, national and global level.

If you happen to be passing through our beautiful area, please drop in and say hello. We always love to meet people with similar interests and swap tales of adventure!

The Crew at
4250 Benton Drive, Suite D
Chattanooga, TN 37406

The paddlesports store’s info is as follows:

1530 Riverside Dr., Section A

Chattanooga, TN  37406


There is also a satellite store located near the mighty Ocoee River. So if you’re down that way and need gear fast, check them out first!

1680 Hwy 64 (Old Copper Rd)

Benton, TN  37307


Another place to look for paddling gear (not whitewater specific) is Cumberland Transit located near Vanderbilt University. They are mainly a general outdoor outfitter and don’t carry alot of whitewater gear. You can find things like noseplugs, rec-boats, bikes, hiking gear, etc. Their address is as follows:

2807 West End Ave # C

Nashville, TN 37203

(615) 321-4069


REI is a great quick stop place for basic paddling gear. They are also a general outdoor outfitter, carrying everything from bikes to hiking gear, and climbing gear to paddlesports.  You can buy nice sit on top kayaks there perfect for class two waters. Check them out as well.

261 Franklin Road

Brentwood, TN

(615) 376-4248


Academy Sports is a great place for outdoor clothing. This is where I come to buy things like gear bags, thermals, dry-tech shirts and pants, and water shoes. The prices are very competitive and they have great deals on non-cotton apparel.

2350 Gallatin Pike North
Madison, TN
(615) 855-6900
1915 Mallory Lane
Franklin, TN
(615) 435-8341