4 Middle Tennessee Kayaking Trips

Barren Fork River

Barren Fork River | Source

Barren Fork River

The Barren Fork River is a 23.4-mile-long (37.7 km) feeds the Collins River which flows into the Cumberland River, making it a part of the Mississippi Watershed.

The Barren Fork begins in western Warren County, Tennessee. It is formed from its north and south prongs, which join near the tiny community of Trousdale. Unlike most Tennessee rivers, the Barren Fork flows east to west until it reaches McMinnville, from where it turns in a northeasterly direction until it reaches the Collins.

From Trousdale to McMinnville, properties along the bank are privately owned as is all access points. However, below the dam at Riverfront Park in McMinnville, the river becomes a popular recreational body of water with numerous access points, both public and private.

Although there is plenty of primitive spots to camp both above and below the damn, there are no public campgrounds essentially making this a river a day trip only float for the general visitor.

Barren Fork River Launch Sites

A markerCrisp Springs Market

35 Crisp Springs Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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B markerPepper Branch Park

Pepper Branch Park, Old Morrison Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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C markerRocket Park

Rocket Park, Cope St, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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D markerSmooth Rapids (Kayak Rentals/River Transportation)

245 Durham St, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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www.smoothrapids.com

Buffalo River
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Buffalo River

The Buffalo River is the longest un-impounded river in Middle Tennessee in the United States, flowing 125 miles through the southern and western portions of the area. It feeds into the Duck River. The river derives its name from the Buffalo fish which was abundant when the first European settlers arrived.

Unfortunately, land along the Buffalo River is privately owned and accessible only through campgrounds and rental shops.

Buffalo River Launch Sites

A markerBuffalo River Camping & Canoeing
650 Cuba Landing Rd, Waverly, TN 37185, USA

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B markerBuffalo River Resort

TN-13, Lobelville, TN 37097, USA

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C markerBone’s Canoe & Campground

Bakerville Rd, Hurricane Mills, TN 37078, USA

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www.bonescanoeandcampground.com

D markerBuffalo Canoeing

702 Gaither Hinson Rd, Waynesboro, TN 38485, USA

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http://www.buffalocanoeing.com

Caney Fork River
Caney Fork River | Source

Caney Fork River

The 143 mile Caney Fork River flows through eleven counties with much of its activity in Grundy, Warren, Dekalb, White, Putnam, and Smith.

The river’s name comes from the dense cane breaks that grew along the river’s banks when European explorers first arrived in the area.

Every year the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency stocks the river with Rainbow, Brown, and Brook Trout making it one of the hottest fishing spots in the state.

Caney Fork River Launch Sites

A markerRock Island State Park

Rock Island State Park, 82 Beach Rd, Rock Island, TN 38581, USA

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B markerCotten’s Marina

1967 Rock Island Rd, Rock Island, TN 38581, USA

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C markerCenter Hill Dam

Center Hill Dam, Liberty, TN 37095, USA

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D markerLong Branch Recreation Area

Long Branch Recreation Area, Silver Point, TN 38582, USA

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E markerBetty’s Island

Stonewall Club Springs Rd, Buffalo Valley, TN 38548, USA

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F markerHappy Hollow

5238 Medley Amonette Rd, Buffalo Valley, TN 38548, USA

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G markerSouth Carthage Boat Ramp

Ag Center Ln, South Carthage, TN 37030, USA

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Collins River
Collins River | Source

Collins River

The Collins River is a 67-mile-long (108 km) stream in the east-central portion of Middle Tennessee. It is a tributary of the Caney Fork which feeds into the Cumberland River in northern middle Tennessee.

Tennessee has designated it one of it’s most scenic rivers and indeed it is. Along it’s banks is miles of beautiful nature dotted occasionally with spectacular riverside homes and farms.

Collins River Launch Sites

A markerGribble’s Landing

R Gribble Rd, Rock Island, TN 38581, USA

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B markerVFW Boat Ramp

3340 Sparta Hwy, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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C markerGribble’s Landing

868 Seamons Rd, Rock Island, TN 38581, USA

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D markerKing’s Landing

Kings Landing, Rock Island, TN 38581, USA

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E markerMyers Cover Road TWRA Access

Myers Cove Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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F markerShellsford Road Bridge TWRA Access

Shellsford Rd, McMinnville, TN 37110, USA

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