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RIVER QUEEN VOYAGES

Nashville’s Original & Award-Winning Downtown Outfitter
Kayaking The Cumberland River Since 2015
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Our Kayak Routes

Want to see Nashville from a new point of BLUE?
Kayak on the Cumberland River!

We offer 3 different self-guided kayak trips. (You can add a guide at check-out though!)

Our most popular trip is the 1.5 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.

Last but not least is “The Full Nash.” This 4 hour route is a combination of the two routes above. Begin your paddle near Opryland and experience all of Nashville’s gorgeous farmland while you paddle towards downtown. See all of Nashville from the Cumberland River and end your day in front of our stunning skyline? It’s even better than it sounds.

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

Pick Your Kayaking Experience

The Skyline

Rental Time: 1.5 hours

Route Distance: 3 miles

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The Skyline is our most popular option for kayak rentals. 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.

Allow about 2.5 hrs total. 1.5 hrs kayaking + 1 hr for shuttling and put in / take out (depending on wind & river current)

The Greenway

Rental Time: 2 hours

Route Distance: 5 miles

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The Greenway is a relaxing nature paddle. 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.

Allow about 3 hrs total / 2 hrs kayaking + 1 hr for shuttling and put in/take out (depending on wind & river current)

The Full Nash

Rental Time: 4 Hours

Route Distance: 8 miles

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New in 2019! The Full Nash is our amazing half-day option. This 8-mile kayak trip is the best of both worlds: beginning with Nashville natural scenery and ending with the famous Nashville Skyline. Route pickup at 2 Victory Ave Nashville TN 37213  on the EAST side of the river, which is the Nissan Stadium side.

Allow about 5 hrs total / 4 hrs kayaking + 1 hr for shuttling and put in/take out (depending on wind & river current)

Now, For A Limited Time!

The Stoner

Due to the NFL Draft, we are prohibited from using our downtown end point from April 15 - May 5, and will be unable to run the Skyline paddle. In lieu, we will be running trips on the beautiful Stones River. It’s the perfect escape from the madness in Downtown Nashville.

Please Note:

  • Same day reservations welcome

  • Private kayak tours and group accommodations available - reach out here

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

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

  • Children under 7 not allowed

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

  • All our drivers are CPR/First Aid certified

  • Review our FAQs before your kayak trip

Hours & Locations

Kayaking 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 kayak 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 kayak!