Stand Up Paddle Boarding on the Tennessee River: Paddlers looking to get in a great workout while having a blast can rent a stand up paddle board before heading out on a variety of adventures near Chattanooga. The primitive, secluded beaches of Edward’s Island make for a great afternoon adventure and can be reached by taking a two-hour paddle on the Tennessee River. Beware of the currents as they fluctuate throughout the day. Another great adventure in the area includes a paddle out to Nickajack Cave near South Pittsburg to watch thousands of gray bats head out for their dinner as the sun sets. During the 20-minute bat exodus around 150,000 bats hit the skies.
Directions from Chattanooga: L2 Paddleboards offer paddle rentals by the day, week or hour from their shop located near the riverfront in downtown Chattanooga. From downtown, head north on Market Street toward the riverfront and look for the shop on the corner of Market and 1st streets.