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RIVER QUEEN VOYAGES

Kayaking Nashville’s Cumberland River Since 2015

Our Kayak Routes

Want to see Nashville like never before? Kayak on the Cumberland River!

We offer 2 different self-guided kayak trips. Our most popular trip is the 1 hour route. Voted Nashville’s "Best View of the City", this kayak journey offers stunning city views as you paddle along the riverwalk. Your trip will end downtown, offering the Nashville skyline as a backdrop for your post-paddle photo!

Or, forget you’re in the city for a bit! Experience Tennessee’s natural beauty on our 2 hour route. This scenic nature paddle features views of river houses, farms, and wildlife along Nashville’s beautiful Shelby Bottoms. This breathtaking journey will end in Shelby Park, with views of downtown Nashville in the distance.

Whether you’re an expert or a first-time kayaker, to best prepare for your trip, please read the website FAQs.

1 Hour Route

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Shelby Park to Downtown Nashville

This 3-mile kayak trip meets in downtown Nashville at 2 Victory Ave Nashville TN 37213 on the EAST side of the river, which is the Nissan Stadium side.

  • Single $29 / Tandem $59 / Canoe $59

  • Allow about 2 hours total / 1 hour on water + 1 hour for shuttling and put in/take out (depending on wind & river current)

2 Hour Route

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Opryland to Shelby Park

This 5-mile kayak trip meets in East Nashville at the Shelby Park boat ramp.  Use the Nature Center address, 1900 Davidson St Nashville TN 37206.

  • Single $39 / Tandem $79 / Canoe $79

  • Allow about 3 hours total / 2 hours on water + 1 hour for shuttling and put in/take out (depending on wind & river current)

Please Note:

  • Same day reservations welcome

  • Private tours and group accommodations available - reach out here

  • All cruises meet at their END POINT for a shuttle to the launch point

  • These are active excursions, not "floats"- be prepared to paddle

  • Children under 7 not allowed

  • Children 7-10 must be with adult in tandem kayak; one adult per 4 children required

  • All our drivers are CPR/First Aid certified

  • Review our FAQs before your trip

Hours & Locations

Our season runs April 1st- October 31st. 

Summer Hours

Monday - Friday: 11:00 am -3:00 pm

Saturday & Sunday: 9:30 am - 5:30 pm

Locations

We kayak on Nashville’s Cumberland River. Though we have a camper in East Nashville’s Shelby Park, (weekends from 9-5, come say hello!) we are a mobile business. Depending on your chosen route, you will meet your captains and the shuttle either at the downtown boat ramp, or the Shelby Park boat ramp.

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See availability and book your trip!