Woods and Water
The southern Tennessee area has many places to get away into our wild frontier! You can explore like David Crockett here in our wooded area or along the water! We separate the outdoor activities from the woods and water because there are just so many places to send our visitors. Below are the places we recommend you visit when you need a bit of woods and water in your life!
Crockett Shoals Tubing Company
Our most child friendly float is Crockett Shoals. Just outside of Crockett Park is the shallow waters of Shoal Creek. This is the perfect way to try 2 hours of floating down the creek in a stable tube! Kids love these so be sure to put them in a tube this summer from May to October. There are some things you need to know before you go so follow the button below to book your trip and learn the rules.
Enter the address into your gps of choice and find your way to Crockett Shoals Tubing Company and get in a tube for a slow relaxing float down the creek. They are open May-October on Fridays-Mondays 9am-3pm and only open to reservations Tuesday-Thursdays.
UpaCreek Canoe and Kayak Rentals
Our most varied water related business is UpaCreek Kayak. You can get in a tube or kayak here and several lengths of hourly float times. You just get out of your car and into the van and UpaCreek takes care of everything. Next door to their parking lot is the Taco Shack Restaurant where you can find plenty of things to eat or drink! They have seafood items at dinner that rival any restaurant around and burgers that can handle the biggest appetite. The water is bigger here and you will need to know how to swim in case your kayak or canoe tips over. We rate UpaCreek with our highest marks as the place with the most variety and features. There is more to learn and see on their website linked below!
Enter the address into your gps of choice and find your way to UpaCreek Kayak Rentals to get in a tube or a kayak for your float down the creek. They are open Tuesday - Sunday from 8am-2pm. Call 1-931-845-4807 for anything you may want to ask or to book your trip. Or email email@example.com or message them on facebook for information that isn't on their website. During the season the weekdays are easy to get in but the weekends get filled up fast so book your trip as early as you can on their website form!
Double G Canoe Rental
You come to Double G Canoe Rental when you have been on the water a few times. They can certainly help a new floater with their first float but their floats are some of the longest around. You may see bald eagles and other wildlife along the way. We believe it is the more scenic float of all of them but you need some time in a canoe or kayak to handle the larger water. We find more experienced kayakers really like Double G for their long floats. You can really go for 8 hours or so if you get there early in the morning but most floats are around 5 hours.
From April to October when the water is ready for swimming. They are only open on Saturday and Sunday from 7am to 7pm with the last put in at 1pm. They ONLY TAKE CASH so have the amounts with you. It is $40 per canoe with 2 riders and $5 for a 3rd small child or exceptions can be made for those with small kids in a 17' canoe. Kayaks are $30 and they charge $10 shuttle and $5 for parking if you have your own kayak and want to put in at their site and get picked up by them. Double G has everything you need to get on the water from the life vest, paddles, and transport so you just have to show up in the parking lot and get in the van for the pickup at the end. Call (931) 279-9288 to talk directly to them and book your trip or message them on Facebook!
David Crockett State Park
You can have all the woods and water you want at David Crockett State Park. We have a page devoted to it so you can see all it has to offer! Lake Lindsey sits in the back of the park with the cabins that offer the only lake side views in Lawrence county. They have paddle boats, paddle boards, and many other floatation pieces to accommodate a day on the water. There are also 2 major waterfalls in the park with miles of scenic trails to hike with only a few being paved surfaces. The Trail of Tears section is a certified trail marking the original route of the trail of tears that is still dirt. See our link in the button below that will take you to more information about David Crockett Park!
Laurel Hill Lake
The Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency has this 325 acre lake inside it's vast hunting lands. Many people come from all over to hunt game and fish the creeks and lake. Visitors to the Amish can rent a boat with supplies and fish with a day license or fish on the bank. The check in house must have everyone stop and sign the day book so they can keep up with who is on the lake. You can get snacks and foods here while you are out fishing. You can even get steak dinners if you want! At the time of writing this, the same managers of the lake house are the same people behind the Hitching Rail Dinner that offers great food to the Summertown area. You cannot paddle boat or paddle board here but for those who just want to explore around the lake and have a picnic will have many places to do so!
Fishing Streams and Creeks
We have a few stocked trout streams around where they bring in trout from hatcheries to be put in at various places along shoal creek and the little buffalo river inside the Laurel Hill WMA. You do need a trout stamp along with a Tennessee fishing license but those can be purchased online or at the check in house at Laurel Hill Lake. There are limits and size requirements that you can learn about in the link in the button below!
Stillhouse Hollow Falls
Just above Summertown is a place you might pass by without knowing it. The Stillhouse Hollow Falls is just off the road and has very little parking. The falls area is a good walk downhill to a trail that takes you to the look off point. To get to the bottom is a long walk that should only be tried by those in good enough shape to scale the trail back up. Once at the bottom of the trail, the land and creek are great and wide enough to play around in. The waterfalls are not dangerous and the mist off of them will keep you cool in the hot summer months. This park does get busy so the signs say to just come back later and this is also our recommended action to take. Do not just park on the highway and walk in as the falls have a limited area at the bottom and there is no need of making it crowded. If you do manage to come and see them then we believe you will find it an enjoyable experience!
On Napier road is a little road off to the side called VFW road that takes you to VFW lake. This 22 acre lake has boat rams but does not allow for gas engines. There are plenty of bank fishing and picnic opportunities. This lake is not as visited as Laurel Hill Lake so you have more scenic chances at seeing wildlife here. There is a road that fully circles the lake but you can only have a clearing on the boat ramp side. We take our daughter here to eat a picnic lunch and throw rocks in the water. She enjoys the churt banks and wooded areas to catch bugs and throw them to the fish. We assume just about any kid would like this. You do need a fishing license to fish here and the game and fish officers do drive around every so often to make sure everything is ok. We believe you will like this lake as it is the closest to the Amish communities and a great place to take it easy.
Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve
At the crossing of Napier road at the Natchez Trace is the Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve at Thousand Trails. You must be a member of the Thousand Trails to get a cabin here. We are sharing their information because we hear so many who stay there have a good time and you can get a pass that lets you stay in your RV inside the preserve. See the link in the button below for more information on how you can become a member or rent an RV location and see their lakes and wilderness up close for yourself!
Laurel Hill and VFW Lakes are not far from the Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve. Travel between these places should be scenic and a nice drive. Ed's Pizza and More isn't far from here and you can take Natchez Trace on the way to their restaurant.