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Cumberland Kayak

Paddle the Nashville Skyline


(615) 800-7321
Mobile location: 2 Victory Avenue, Nashville, TN 37213
*Meeting location may change during some events downtown*


Cumberland Kayak provides everything you need to paddle the beautiful Cumberland River. Caves, tributaries, and historical sites dot the landscape, and with some luck you'll see blue herons, turtles, beaver, fish, and purple martins. Kayakers that choose one of our Skyline Paddles will end their journey under Nashville's iconic skyline, a great place for stunning photographs. Book your trip today!

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Booking Notes:

  • Due to events at Nissan Stadium, all Skyline, Long Skyline, and Shelby Park trips on the following dates will meet at the Shelby Park boat launch: None.
  • All prices are per person. Tandem kayaks can only be booked in multiples of 2. 
  • To book both single and tandem (2 person) kayaks, select one type first and then click "Add to Booking" to add on the other

Corporate Events and Large Group Bookings
Large group outings and corporate events are welcome. Special scheduling may be possible. Please call 615-800-7321 or email with any questions. 

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Skyline Paddle
Cost: $29+tax/person (single or tandem kayak)
Duration: ~1 hr on the water, ~1.5-2 hours total
Transportation: Meet at Cumberland Park, shuttle upstream to the put in, float back to Cumberland Park
Description: Our most popular route! Float along Shelby Park as you journey to downtown Cumberland Park on this self-guided urban paddle. Several bridges, as well as blue herons, turtles, and kingfishers, highlight the route, and an unhindered view of the Nashville skyline marks the finish line.

Shelby Park Nature Paddle (Fri-Sun and holidays only)
Cost: $39+tax/person (single or tandem kayak)
Duration: ~2 hrs on the water, ~2.5-3 hrs total
Transportation: Shuttle upstream to the put in, float back to Shelby Park.  
Description: Explore rock bluffs, Mill Creek, and Demonbreun’s Cave along a 5 mile stretch of the Cumberland. This self-guided nature paddle is outside of the city center, and you’re sure to spot various wildlife from purple martins to turtles to blue herons.

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Long Skyline Paddle (Fri-Sun & holidays only)
Cost: $49+tax/person (single or tandem kayak)
Duration: ~3 hrs on the water, ~3.5-4 hours total
Transportation: Meet at Cumberland Park, shuttle upstream to the put in, float back to Cumberland Park
Description: Combine the Shelby Park Nature Paddle with the Skyline Paddle and experience the best of both worlds! Guide yourself along 8 miles of the Cumberland with sights ranging from creeks to caves and bridges to bluffs. Wrap-up under Nashville’s iconic skyline and easy access to downtown.


Stones River Paddle (New! - Select Dates Only)
Cost: $29+tax/person (single or tandem kayak)
Duration: ~1-1.5 hrs on the water, ~2 hrs total
Transportation: Meet at the Stones River Greenway Trail Head by Bell Road, float 3.5 miles, shuttle back to your car
Description: Put in at the Percy Priest dam for a leisurely, scenic paddle along the Stones River. You'll pass under bridges and travel alongside the Stones River greenway. This is a great paddle for spotting turtles and blue herons!
Note: The flow of the Stones River is impacted by the dam at Percy Priest lake. Trip times can vary.


Extended Skyline Paddle (booking by phone only)
Cost: $49+tax/person (single or tandem kayak)
Duration: ~3 hrs on the water, ~3.5-4 hours total
Transportation: Meet at Cumberland Park, shuttle to Shelby Park, kayak upstream for 1+ hrs, float back to Cumberland park. 
Description: Book two back-to-back Skyline Paddle timeslots and use the extra time to paddle upstream and explore Mill Creek and Demonbreun’s Cave before finishing downtown! Expect a light/moderate workout on the way up, then chill on the way down. (FYI: Paddling upstream can be difficult when the river is high, so this route may not always be available.) Bookings made by phone/email only: call 615-800-7321 and leave us a message if we don't pick up!

River Cleanups
Our next river cleanup with Cumberland River Compact is Monday, July 16! Click the following links for more information: Registration, Facebook Event

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What should I bring? 
Sunscreen, hat, sunglasses, water bottle, ziplock bag for phone and other items, shoes and clothes that can get wet. A phone is also nice for pictures, and can be helpful if your arrival is much earlier than expected. Cumberland Kayak is not responsible for lost or damaged phones. 

Where is Cumberland Kayak located?
Cumberland Kayak is a mobile business. Our shuttle usually picks you up at Cumberland Park (2 Victory Avenue), near the Bridge Building and Titans stadium. However, during certain events (Titans games, city festivals, etc.) all trips meet at the Shelby Park boat ramp. We will notify you and post on Facebook if we are using an alternate pickup location. 

Where can I park?
Both Cumberland Park and Shelby Park (alternate site during events) have parking lots available for park visitors. Parking for Cumberland Park, however, can be limited during events. Our meeting locations are next to greenways and B-cycle (bike rental) stations, so biking and walking are also great options. 

Is the van shuttle before or after we kayak? Can I meet you at Shelby?
We shuttle whenever possible on the front end of your trip because it's more customer friendly. This way, you can depart at your leisure when you finish kayaking--no waiting around while we load boats, or for other kayakers that haven't finished yet. Meeting us at Shelby Park is possible with advance notice, but we usually can't offer you the van shuttle back after your paddle. 

Will Cumberland Kayak shuttle my personal kayak? 
Unfortunately, we do not have space on our trailers to shuttle other kayaks. 

What is the weight capacity of a kayak? 
Single kayaks: 300 lbs
Tandem kayaks: 450 lbs

What type of kayaks do you have?  
Our fleet is comprised of Jackson Kayak Rivieras (single kayaks) and Riviera-Ts (two person tandem kayaks). These are great, stable sit-on-top kayaks made just up the road in Sparta, TN. 

What if it rains? 
This is a rain or shine activity. If Cumberland Kayak suspends activity due to severe weather (lightning, thunderstorms, etc.), you will have the opportunity to reschedule, but we do not offer refunds if you decide to cancel due to weather. For additional information, see our Booking Policy. 

I'd like to rent a kayak for another river/lake. Do you rent kayaks for the day/weekend? 
No, we just rent kayaks for our routes. 

Can I make a large group or corporate booking? 
Large group outings and corporate events are welcome. Special scheduling may be possible (weekdays more likely). Please call 615-800-7321 or email to inquire. 



Age Policy
All children and teenagers under 18 must have a completed Parental Consent Form and be accompanied on the water by an adult. Anyone 13 and over can paddle their own boat at the discretion of the parent, while all under 13 are required to share a tandem boat with an adult. Children under 10 should have previous paddling experience and be with a parent or guardian. Each adult can be responsible for up to 4 children. If someone under 18 will be kayaking without their parent/guardian, our Parental Consent Form must be filled out in advance. 

Life Jacket Policy
Every person must wear a life jacket at all times while on the water. No exceptions.

Alcohol Policy
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited while on the water. Intoxicated individuals will not be allowed to kayak. 

Pet Policy
Small dogs with kayak experience are allowed on trips as long as they are wearing a life jacket. Note: space in the van shuttle is not guaranteed or always possible for dogs. Providing your own ride/shuttle is recommended. 

Booking Policy
This is a rain or shine activity. If Cumberland Kayak suspends activity due to severe weather (lightening, thunderstorms, etc.), you will have the opportunity to reschedule.  We do not offer refunds if you decide to cancel due to rain or other reasons. However, if notified via email at least 48 hours in advance, we are happy to reschedule your float (current year and season only) when possible at no charge.

Walk Up Policy
If there is availability, you are welcome to rent a kayak without a reservation. However, online bookings are highly encouraged, as we cannot 100% guarantee a spot over the phone without payment. If the departure time is imminent, please call ahead (615-800-7321) to confirm availability and notify us of your party. Note: Cumberland Kayak reserves the right to cancel a scheduled paddle if no one has booked in advance. 

River Cleanups
We regularly host river cleanups with local non-profit, Cumberland River Compact. We encourage our staff and customers (if they are inclined) to pick up river trash when possible, and are happy to provide a river cleanup bag if requested! Our river cleanups are announced on Facebook and at the bottom of our routes page!

2% for a Better World

Cumberland Kayak is committed to environmental sustainability. As part of our 2% for a Better World program, we donate 2% of all sales to non-profits that are making a difference in our community. Each month, 1% of all sales goes to our non-profit partner for river cleanups, Cumberland River Compact, and another 1% goes to our non-profit of the month. Come kayak for a cause and make the world a better place!

River Cleanups with Cumberland River Compact
Our next river cleanup with Cumberland River Compact is Monday, July 16! Click the following links for more information: RegistrationFacebook Event

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1% of Sales, All of 2018. 

Paddling for Water
Three million people and thousands of species depend on clean and abundant water from the Cumberland River. The Cumberland River Compact's efforts in education, restoration, and outreach all contribute to keeping our water healthy.  They work on root problems of water pollution and give people the tools to be smart, impactful stewards of their watershed.

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1% of Sales, May 2018

Creative Reuse + River Cleanups
We're partnering with Turnip Green to find creative uses for the "trash" collected during our river cleanups! Very excited to take our river cleanups to the next level!!!

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1% of Sales, June 2018

Paddling for Preservation
In June, paddle the Nashville skyline to protect Rock Island, a kayaking haven and one of Tennessee’s most historic state parks. A former host site of the U.S. Freestyle Kayaking World Championships, Rock Island State Park features eight hiking trails, scenic overlooks, waterfalls, deep pools, and a beautiful beach for swimming. Your support will help TennGreen expand the historic State Park and protect its natural treasures for generations to come. Learn more about TennGreen’s Rock Island conservation project here.

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1% of Sales, July 2018

Paddling for Clean Streams
Founded in 1999, the Harpeth Conservancy mission is to restore and protect clean water and healthy ecosystems for rivers in Tennessee by employing scientific expertise and collaborative relationships to develop, promote and support broad community stewardship and action. 

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1% of Sales, August 2018

Paddling for Friendly Streets
Walk Bike Nashville is working to build a more walkable, bikeable, and livable Nashville. Since 1998, Walk Bike Nashville has sought to make active transportation an option for Nashvillians, no matter where they live or where they're trying to go. We want our sidewalks and bikeways to support active living, additional commuting options, and recreational opportunities. We use a mix of educational programs focused on safety and skills, encouragement events for all ages and abilities, and grassroots advocacy to achieve our goals.

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1% of Sales, September 2018

Paddling for Protection
The Southern Environmental Law Center uses the power of the law to champion the environment of the Southeast. Our team of more than 80 dedicated attorneys stands up for all the things you love about this special region—clean water, healthy air, mountains and forests, the coast.

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1% of Sales, October 2018

Paddling for Greenways
Greenways for Nashville’s mission is to create, preserve, and promote a system of greenways in Nashville and Davidson County. We advocate preservation and protection of natural and cultural areas, development of community recreational opportunities, and acquisition of land for preservation as greenways and parks.

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Would you like to join the Cumberland Kayak team? Please email with your resume, why you'd like to work for Cumberland Kayak, and any experience backing up a trailer. Our 2018 season will run from April-October, and we'll have opportunities for people seeking part-time/summer jobs.