Photo by Alisha Bube

Here in Knoxville, paddling doesn’t have to end with the last days of summer! Today marks the second day of another beautiful Knoxville autumn, but there are lots of fun paddles and water activities to look forward to during these warm, not-far-from-perfect September days.

Group social paddles are a great way to learn new routes and discover the beautiful waterways that run through our city. Today (Sept. 23), the Harvey Broome Group of the Sierra Club is paddling 10.5 miles of the French Broad River, ending east of downtown at Seven Islands State Birding Park. This section flows through mild shoals and is often home to a variety of wildlife.

If you didn’t catch the Sierra Club in time for registration, consider a canoe slow float down the Tennessee River starting tomorrow at 10:30 a.m. All of the details including transportation, gear, snacks, beer, and a post-paddle dinner are pre-arranged for $50/person. All you have to do is show up at Trailhead!

Another social paddle that would be great for kids, families and new paddlers will take off from Suttree Landing Park at 6 p.m. on Tuesday. This monthly float is free and open to the public with personal gear, but you can rent equipment for $15 if needed. Stick around and you’ll get a great downtown sunset view from the park.

Social paddles are just the beginning! Get out and play on the water, and check out some of these other great activities coming up this afternoon and throughout the week:

Sturgeon Fest 2017 at Seven Islands State Birding Park

Norris Fall Island Invasion and Cleanup

Ijams Outdoor Adventure Series: Paddlin’ with your Pup

Stand Up Paddleboard (SUP) Yoga at Meads Quarry or at The Cove at Concord Park

Find even more paddling and a wide range of outdoor activities on the full OutdoorKnoxville.com calendar. See you on the water!

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Written by Carol Evans
Get Out and Play info@legacyparks.org