Cumberland River

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Paddling access from the heart of Music City

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Margaret Littman

Destination Distance From Downtown

0.7 miles


3 of 5 diamonds


Time To Complete

2 hours - 3 hours


Spring, Summer, Fall

Dog Friendly


Fees Permits


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One of the true pleasures of being a flat water paddler inNashville is getting to navigate the waters of the Cumberland River in theheart of downtown, with the city’s iconic skyline in full view (Batman Building to the west, LP Field and Ghost Ballet sculpture to the east).

The Cumberland is a dammed river and the current is subject to the release schedule of the US Army Corps of Engineers. The release can makewhat is sometimes as pleasant float a challenging paddle. Wind speed and chopfrom barge traffic also can make the Cumberland a more challenging paddle. In additionto the commercial barge traffic, there is traffic from JetSkis and boats,particularly on Titans football game days and other special events. But thereward for experienced paddlers is considerable.

 A fun paddle takes you downstream only from Shelby Park toRiverfront Park.

 During 2014 the east bank access to the river (from Lot R of LP Field’s parking lot) is close for construction of a new launch. The river can still be accessed downtown from Riverfront Park.

If you're looking to rent, be sure to check out River Queen Voyages and use the RootsRated discount code: RR2015

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Cumberland River

100 First Ave. South
Nashville, TN, 37201
36.162436, -86.774026

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