Kayak in The Park

In April I was riding in the park on my way to Townsend and I saw many folks in kayaks as I often do in the spring. I stopped by the side of the road to watch these people. They had to portage some of the boats and patiently waited for until everyone was ready before heading downriver. This was just about 2 miles east of Townsend.


It was fun to watch them. The fella in the orange kayak stopped to talk to me about his adventure. They were heading to Townsend and he agreed the water was VERY cold this time of year! But they were wearing a kind of wet suit for kayaking. I was on my motorcycle so he explained it was similar to the rain suits we have for biking. It looked like a real adventure, but I’d have to be much younger to try this anymore!

There are outfitters in Gatlinburg area that will teach you how to kayak and rent you the equipment. Otherwise if you have your own kayak, take it along on vacation and enjoy the water. But be careful out there, rivers and rapids can be dangerous.



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.