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17055 Smithville Hwy, Silver Point, TN 38582
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I've lived in Nashville for 17 years and have driven over the Caney hundred of times, always wanting to explore this river. After tiring of the traffic and shallowness of the Harpeth, I decided to kayak the Caney.

I chose the 6 mile trip. First, the Caney is dam controlled: generated. This means, that depending on whether or not the dam is open, and how much water they are letting out (generating) your trip can anywhere from really quick to pretty long (depending on your paddling ability). The companies that run trips on this river have zero control over this and have little notice as to the generation schedule.

When I arrived, I learned that the generation level was zero; no water was coming out of the dam. They had stopped generating at 11am. My trip was at noon. I had hoped for a little generation - it was Saturday after all, and six miles is a lot of paddling. No matter, I had all day.

The staff at check-in was friendly and directed me to the restrooms (very clean) and the waiting area for the bus (under a huge tent). The bus arrived promptly at noon, the driver checked in each group and checked to ensure their equipment was on the rack before they boarded.

It was about a 20 minute ride to the load-in spot. We had to wait for a group to finish unloading before our equipment could be put in. Public access ramp - same at all outfitters from Costa Rica to the Ocoee.

The river is beautiful. Crystal clear. However, unsuitable for swimming, IMHO. 56 degrees. So cold it hurt. Hundreds of people ON the river, not a soul IN it. The furthest anyone was in, was knee deep. I MUST find out why this river is so cold!!! It's not deep! If anyone knows; please clue me in!

Generation zero... 6 miles. You know what? Not too bad. In fact, had I brought food, I would have called and gone the extra 3. I was told to expect to travel 2 miles an hour - at a leisurely pace; including a stop or two. I stopped twice - but not for very long (cold water remember) and made it to the 6-mile point in 2-1/2 hours.

Because there were a lot of people on the river, I didn't call at the lay left to schedule my pickup. When I arrived, there were three buses with racks ready to load the equipment. What I didn't know was that I needed to walk up the ramp to catch a ride ( makes sense since they have to drive a full load back through the water and up the steep ramp), so I missed the first shuttle while goofing off at the river. Another one showed up about 20 minutes later.

Once back, you've got to check in with the front desk so they know you're not lost on the river. I was very pleased to see that the bathrooms were still clean so late in the day. A quick change of clothes and I headed back to Nashville.

I would definitely use this outfitter again. Because I prefer less crowds during my time outdoors, I would probably choose to float during the week versus the weekend. Kind of like going to Disney over spring break versus winter break. They handled the volume well and wanted to be sure everyone had a great day.

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17055 Smithville Hwy Silver Point, TN 38582
17055 Smithville HighwayUSTennesseeSilver Point38582
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Itsfrankiedude Beauty
3 months ago
I recently visited Tennessee with my boyfriend to see family and we decided this would be something interesting to check out while we were there. I have to say it was the best day of our trip!! The staff was very helpful, polite and gave us very clear instruction and guidance to what route we'd be taking and when to call to be picked up and where we'd be, and even gave us a mini map with landmarks on it so it was really easy! This wasn't some cheesy tour guided experience and we loved it! We were really able to enjoy our time together kayaking through the absolute beauty that Tennessee offers. When we reached the end, one of the employees was there ready for us and was very helpful and so friendly too on the drive back! Thank you guys so much for the wonderful experience we will definitely be visiting this place again when we come back!
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Response from the owner - a week ago
Thank you so much for taking the time to review us! We really appreciate the feedback and we are so glad you enjoyed your trip! We are looking forward to your next visit!!
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Linda Jordan
2 months ago
I was very impressed with all the staff . The story teller was very interesting to listen too,he had my full attention all the way to the end. He made sure as we got too the lake for the canoe ride every one was safe before he turned is over to the canoe guides. The guide made sure we had life jackets on ..was very friendly in helping me in too the canoe.we padded out in to the lake where a cove was..Under the cove n the lake its self strange things happen .it was my first time ever going to a place like this in my life.was totally awesome from start too finish.!!! I would recommend this haunted trip advantage too every one..!
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Response from the owner - a week ago
Thank you so much Linda! We are so happy to hear that you enjoyed our Haunted Canoe Trip!
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Sharon Lancaster
4 months ago
The BEST EXPERIENCE EVER!!!! My group of 12 did 8 kayaks and 2 canoes today! Great day for us. Cissy was SUPER great in payments and refunds due to the number in our party changing(constantly). Put in was easy, the river was clear, very shallow for the most part, and we saw many different trout species. We booked the 9 mile trip but got out at Happy Hollow after 6 miles. This was a first for all of us and we were exhausted, especially my 74 and 70 yr old dad and mom on a canoe. KFC was our friend as we stopped along the way! My sister and I are looking at going again and doing the 9 mile. They gave us upgrades since we didn't go the 9 miles, so we can buy the the 6 mile but go the 9 mile. We did have to wait a while for our canoes and kayaks, but it really wasn't a problem. The cold water really felt great. People who have bad reviews must have been looking for a reason to complain about something because they were so accommodating and made sure we had every I dotted and every T crossed. Great job Crew at Canoe the Caney!!!!!
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Response from the owner - a week ago
Hi Sharon! We are so glad to hear that you all had a great time!! Nothing makes us happier! We really appreciate the positive feedback!! Come back and see us soon!
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Julie White
5 months ago
Sam and the team are always awesome! Best customer service in the area for sure. I have done the 9 mile trip and the scenery is spectacular. I have recommended them to many and they all had a great experience. Thanks guys!!
Response from the owner - a week ago
Thanks Julie!! We really try to make sure all of our customers have a great time so we are always so thankful to hear positive feedback! We really appreciate the referrals as well and we hope to see you in 2017!
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Jamie Nelson
2 months ago
Haunted Canoe WILL NOT be scared to death, but you WILL be bored to death. Pros: Very friendly staff.... helpful and nice BBQ nachos were good Glow in the dark corn hole was fun Wooded area and lake area were beautiful Canoeing in the dark was fun Cons: Not at all scary....more like a history lesson, thus quite boring Little direction once canoes just sort of paddle around in the not so haunted coves We were the first trip at 6p, thus on time, but all trips after us ran 30 to 45 minutes behind So, 2 stars for the experience, not the company.... all the staff were very nice and helpful. The trip was just not what it had seemed.
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Response from the owner - a week ago
Hi Jamie! Thank you for your feedback! We understand that this type of trip is not for every one and we appreciate your positive comments regarding our staff and the pros that you mentioned!!
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Virgil Davis
7 months ago
Great place from start to finish. The staff is one of the friendliest I have ever encountered. The facility is surprisingly very nice with several restrooms to accommodate everyone. The process is well thought through from wristbands with their phone number and destination point to river maps as well as several large transit buses. The river is amazing. It's clean and peaceful and full of wildlife I think this is a top notch rental company and a wonderful river experience. I would recommend to anyone.
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Victoria Stanley
6 months ago
Loved the experience all together. The trip is beautiful and fun. Plus the staff is great and super friendly. I took my 13 year old cousin kayaking for the first time and she loved it as well. I will definitely be recommending Canoe the Caney to all my friends and Family!!!
Response from the owner - a week ago
Hi Victoria! We are so glad to hear you and your cousin had a great time and that our staff took care of you! Thank you for taking the time to review us and we hope to see you this summer!
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Adam Nunley
3 months ago
Great deal if you do the year pass! Good people there too! The drive to and from is longer the expected but worth it.
Response from the owner - a week ago
Thanks Adam!! We appreciate the feedback! The river really is a hidden gem and worth the drive as you said. Hope to see you back this year!