Rafting and tubing in Great Smoky Mountains National Park or at Ocoee—a premier whitewater river, with Class III, IV and V rapids, used during the Olympics—is a favorite Tennessee pastime. The 23-mile stretch of the Hiwassee/Ocoee Scenic River State Park offers the ideal blend of adventure, adrenaline and fun. On the Cumberland Plateau, Big South Fork National River and Recreation Area has Class IV paddling at Angel Falls, while other stretches are ideal for beginners. Memphis’ Mud Island River Park lets you experience life on the river, as well as canoe and kayak.
Our marinas are perfect for refueling and relaxing. Enjoy a laid-back lunch or romantic dinner on the water at one of Tennessee’s beautiful marinas. Let the water rock you to sleep as you spend the night on a gorgeous body of water. It’s a safe bet you’ll want to come back when you rent a houseboat at Edgar Evins Marina on sparkling Center HIll Lake.
Relax as the sun sparkles on the water. Set sail in the sunset, or row on smooth water through picturesque scenery. Slice through the water on a wakeboard. Try a stand-up paddleboard for feeling fun and free. Watch great blue herons fish and turtles dive. Admire cliffs and meadows from a new perspective. Swim and splash to your heart’s content. There’s water, water, everywhere in Tennessee—and three seasons of water sports fun every year—just waiting for you to dive in and enjoy.
Wherever you go in Tennessee, you’re not far from a wonderful waterway. We’re home to more than 50 rivers and countless lakes, so fishing and water sports are natural pursuits here.