Kayaking Rivers in the Smoky Mountains

Kayaks in Spring

I’ve seen people kayaking in Smoky Mountain National Park.  It looks cold.  I saw them doing this in the spring, and my thoughts went to the top of the mountains.  Where it is colder.  Where the snow falls.  Where, in the spring,  the water melts to feed the rivers.  I just think the water in the rivers and streams must be really cold.

According to the National Park Service web information there are over 2100 miles of rivers and streams in the park.  Sounds like there is plenty of room for kayaks and canoes in park waters. I’ve seen people park their vehicles in one of the large pull outs on the park roads, then unload their kayaks and brave the cold waters of the Smoky Mountains.  Brrrrrr…

If you do brave the waters in the park be careful and mindful of what you are doing.  Although probably a lot of fun, kayaking and canoeing rushing waters can be dangerous.  Here is a warning about dams on the rivers from the Tennessee Valley Authority.


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