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
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
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
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.