Wednesday, June 10, 2015

Getting The Best Canoe Trips Nashville

By Ericka Marsh

When you think of Nashville I bet canoes are not the first thing which springs to mind but the area around the city has lots of opportunities to get on the water. Whether you are looking for an adrenalin rush or the chance to kick back and relax you can find it. For canoe trips Nashville has unparalleled variety.

The area lies in the Nashville Basin which collects water from the surrounding mountain ranges. There are lots of rivers and lakes, gorges and streams. Just a few miles from the city are waterways offering excellent fishing, kayaking, bird watching and wildlife experiences. The best times to visit are in spring and autumn when the weather is hot but not too humid. Summer tends to be extremely hot.

Also the area is popular with campers. Some trips last for several days floating down the rivers and then staying a t different campsites along the way. Some are basic and others are particularly comfortable with cooking areas and showers. Most tour companies can arrange a multi-day trip with guide and all the necessary equipment.

As well as river trips Percy Priest Lake has lots of water sports and adventure activities. There are jet skiis, water skiing, boat ramps, pleasure cruises, canoes and even an obstacle course for kayaks. The lake is hugely popular with day trippers and has several campsites for tents and Rvs. It is like an aqua playground for all the family.

Nature lovers should head to the Cumberland River. A number of companies offer bird watching and wildlife spotting canoe trips. What better way to see animals in their habitats than from the water? Local species include river turtles, otter, beaver, deer and an incredible array of bird species. Sightings change according to the season so check online when planning a trip.

The Harpeth River is one of the best known places for canoe trips near to Nashville. There is a long stretch of river with unbroken canoeing for around one hundred and twenty five miles. It is mainly slow current for leisurely paddling interspersed with gentle class one rapids. Many family groups prefer this area is it is safe for younger children and the campsites are well equipped.

Fishing is very popular in Tennessee as the state has an incredible range of fish species. Around the city there are several sites for hauling in a large bass for dinner. Other popular catches are Crappie and Tennessee Stripers. Lots of tour agencies run trips to fish from the land and from canoes. The lakes are also really well stocked providing excellent fishing right through the season. Licenses can be purchased online.

The waterways of the Nashville Basin offer a fantastic array of opportunities fro different types of canoe trip. There is everything from class five rapids to slow flowing rivers. Fishing is a popular activity and can be done on both the lakes and rivers. Most water activities finish in November and start up in February as the winter is cold but short. For most of the year the climate is perfect for water boating.

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