Lock Two Park isn’t the most scenic park in the city. It is nestled away from the city near Pennington Bend, an area that was hit hard by the flood in 2010. Flood recovery is over, and Lock Two’s location, on the Cumberland River, provides good access to paddling on the river.
What Makes It Great
Enter from the boat ramp and be immediately surrounded by picturesque rock cliffs on both sides of the river as you paddle downstream (to the left of the boat launch). 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 make what is sometimes as pleasant float a challenging paddle, particularly if you paddle upstream (to the right) at this launch.
The paddle from Lock Two to Riverfront Park is almost 11 miles, with your speed determined by current and wind, as well as your own ability. On this paddle you’ll pass the Gaylord Opryland Resort (and possibly the General Jackson riverboat) as well as paddle under Briley Parkway, I-24 and an old rail bridge at Shelby Park.
Who is Going to Love It
Paddlers looking for a good time out close to home.
Directions, Parking, & Regulations
There is ample free parking for your put-in and a small play area for kids. To get to Lock Two, head north toward Pennington Bend on the east side of Briley Parkway.