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Tennessee River Blueway

Designated as a National Scenic River Trail in 2002, the Tennessee River Blueway flows through Chattanooga and the Tennessee River Gorge for 48 miles, from Chickamauga Dam to Nickajack Dam. 

The Blueway’s unique paddling experience offers kayakers, canoeists and standup paddleboarders the opportunity to visit wildlife preserves and camp primitively on public lands or stay in downtown hotels and take advantage of urban amenities.

The Tennesssee River flows through the heart of downtown Chattanooga’s thriving entertainment district and then continues through the high, forested walls of the river gorge. There, towering bluffs and protected forests provide miles of spectacular paddling.

When the Tennessee River widens into Nickajack Lake, it reveals its enormous scope before dropping Blueway paddlers off at the headwaters of Nickajack Dam.

Maps and River Navigation

Name and GPS Coordinates of all canoe and kayak launch points and take outs from Dayton, TN to Stephenson, AL

*Special thanks to Eric Fleming for compiling this complete list. 

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