Summer is a perfect time to hit the water in Tennessee. From east to west, there’s an adventure that will cool you off and give you all those summer vibes. Here are some of our favorite ways to spend time on the water:
1. RENT A CANOE, KAYAK OR STAND UP PADDLEBOARD (SUP)
You don’t have to own a canoe or kayak to enjoy time on the water. Many state parks rent these vessels by the hour. Grab your friends or family and take advantage of the river and lake access found in Tennessee State Parks. (Photo: Seth Dortch Creative)
2.RELAX AT A PUBLIC POOL
Maybe your idea of time on the water involves fewer oars and more concession snacks and sun chairs. If that’s the case, consider a trip to one of the 16 public pools in Tennessee State Parks. These are great places to cool down during an overnight trip to a park, but they are also great spots to visit on a day trip. If you plan to travel to multiple parks during the summer or live near a park with a public pool then you might even take advantage of the reloadable pool pass good for 40 visits.
3. HIT THE OCOEE RIVER RAPIDS
Whitewater rafting on the Ocoee might be the most iconic, the most quintessential, river experience for a Tennessee summer. Rent a spot on a raft from one of the many guide services near Chattanooga and test your courage against the roaring waves. While you are visiting Hiwassee/Ocoee State Park, make sure and visit some of the other nearby state parks: Red Clay, Booker T. Washington, and Harrison Bay. (Photo: Digital Ocoee)
4. PITCH A TENT ON AN OVERNIGHT CANOE TRIP
It’s one thing to camp. It’s another thing to canoe. But imagine combining both into an epic weekend of floating and fun! That’s what you can experience at Henry Horton State Park. They’re offering several guided, overnight trips down the scenic Duck River this summer.
HENRY HORTON EVENT CALENDAR
5. ENJOY A GUIDED FLOAT
Guided floats are a great way to discover new places even when you don’t own the gear or have a fear of getting lost on the water. You can join our trained interpretive staff and rangers on guided floats across the state. From sunset floats to journeys into the deep swamp, you’ll find a variety of unique experiences for your friends and family to enjoy. (Photo: TennesseePhotographs.com)
6. CAST A LINE
Fishing is another great way to enjoy the lakes and waterways of Tennessee State Parks. Fishing licenses are required for residents and non-residents. You can find all of the parks with fishing, and information about obtaining a license, using the link below. (Photo: Matthew Cunningham)
Book Your Visit
If you are looking for a place to stay and enjoy some time outdoors? Tennessee State Parks have campgrounds, cabins and inn rooms available to rent across the state.