Urban Adventure Company
Mobile location: 2 Victory Avenue, Nashville, TN 37213
Mobile location: 2 Victory Avenue, Nashville, TN 37213
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!
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.
Due to city events that alter our route offerings, we only offer booking a few weeks in advance. Thanks!
Skyline Paddle $29+tax/person (single or tandem kayak), ~1 hr float
Our most popular route! Float past Shelby Park on the way to downtown, where you'll finish your trip at Cumberland Park under several bridges and Nashville's iconic skyline. This is a self-guided urban paddle, with a touch of nature, so there's a good chance of seeing great blue herons, turtles, and kingfishers. Included: Kayak, paddle, life jacket, and one way shuttle. This trips normally meets and ends at Cumberland Park (2 Victory Avenue, near the Titans Stadium), but occasionally meets elsewhere due to city events. We will notify you if the meeting location changes.
Long Skyline Paddle $45+tax/person (single or tandem kayak), ~3 hr float
Our Long Skyline Paddle (~8 miles. ~3 hours) starts near Opryland, where you'll paddle downstream to Cumberland Park and the iconic Nashville skyline. Passing under bridges and bluffs, this self-guided paddle is great for spotting birds. Near Shelby Park you will pass the mouth of Mill Creek and Demonbreun's Cave. Included: Kayak, paddle, life jacket, and one way shuttle upstream. This paddle meets at Cumberland Park in front of the Bridge Building (2 Victory Avenue, Nashville, TN 37213).
Extended Skyline Paddle $45+ tax/person (single or tandem kayak), up to 3 hours
Our Extended Paddle option gives you the freedom to explore the Cumberland and end your float under the Nashville Skyline. Paddle upstream to Demonbreun’s Cave and Mill Creek and float back downstream at your leisure. Included: Kayak, paddle, life jacket, and one way shuttle. This trips normally meets and ends at Cumberland Park (2 Victory Avenue, near the Titans Stadium), but occasionally meets elsewhere due to city events. We will notify you if the meeting location changes.
Note: The extended paddle includes the option to paddle upstream, so expect at least a light workout. After a lot of rain, the current can strengthen, making the upstream paddle more difficult. We have no control over the river current, and can't offer refunds if paddling upstream is difficult.
Opryland Area to Shelby $39+ tax/person (single or tandem kayak), ~2 hr float
Our Opryland Area to Shelby Nature Paddle (~5 miles) starts near Opryland, where you'll paddle downstream to Shelby Park. Passing under bridges and bluffs, this self-guided paddle is great for spotting birds. Near the end you will paddle past the mouth of Mill Creek and Demonbreun's Cave. Note: This trip does not go downtown under the skyline. Included: Kayak, paddle, life jacket, and one way shuttle from Shelby Park. This trips meets and finishes at Shelby Park.
Corporate Events and Large Group Bookings
Large group outings and corporate events are welcome. Special scheduling may be possible. Please call (615-800-7372) or email firstname.lastname@example.org to book.
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 for all Skyline Paddles. The Opryland to Shelby Paddle meets at the Shelby Park boat ramp. However, during certain events (Titans games, city festivals, etc.) we are required to pick up at Riverfront Park (by the river near 1st and Broadway) or Shelby Park. 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 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 on the front end of your trip as 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?
If there is space on our kayak trailer, we can shuttle your personal kayak for $15. Space is limited and frequently not available, so call ahead (615-800-7372) to discuss. We recommend running your own shuttle, or simply returning to your put in spot (unless there has been a lot of rain, it's usually possible/easy to paddle upstream).
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 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 (lightening, 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.
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.
The consumption of alcoholic beverages is prohibited while on the water. Intoxicated individuals will not be rented a kayak.
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 (615-800-7372) 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.
We regularly host river cleanups with wonderful groups like 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!
Would you like to join the Cumberland Kayak team? Please email email@example.com with your resume, as well as why you'd like to work for Cumberland Kayak. Our 2017 season will run from April-October, and we'll have opportunities for people seeking part-time/summer jobs.