Upper Caney Excursions

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Upper Caney Excursions

Canoe the Caney is proud to offer some of the most beautiful trips along the riverbanks of the “Upper” Caney Fork River (Center Hill Lake). On these trips paddlers will enjoy either a 6-mile, 9-mile or 12-mile round trip along the banks of the upper Caney as they explore beautiful coves, waterfalls and an abundance of wildlife and nature. Unlike our “lower” river excursions, the  “upper” excursions allow guests to explore the waterfalls of the Caney as well as other beautiful secluded coves,  and islands. These trips are very subjective to time of year and water levels.

Currently we offer four trip options to enjoy. The first option begins at Floating Mill Recreation area and takes paddlers north through 6 or 9 miles of secluded coves and shoreline. This is a great option for people with very small children and people who are looking to swim! This is also a trip we offer if the “lower” Caney is moving to swiftly.

The second trip begins at the beautiful Lakeside Resort complex where paddlers can book their nights stay  and wake up to enjoy a 6-mile trip around Davies Island and to “picnic bay”, where if you prepared ahead, you can enjoy a relaxing picnic lunch on the banks of the island. This trip is very popular in April and May as well as September and October.

(All Waterfall Trips are currently unavailable)

Waterfalls: Get your camera ready for our third and fourth trip options.The waterfalls are definitely some of the most popular upper Caney excursions (and often, the most difficult to plan)! The water level has to be just right for the canoes and kayaks to be able to paddle to the waterfalls locations. April, May, September, and October are the best times for the waterfall excursions.

Our third trip which begins at Johnson’s Chapel recreation area, takes paddlers 6-miles upstream to the beautiful Fancher Falls waterfall.

The fourth trip option is our longest trip which allows guests to enjoy a 12-mile round trip paddle to the base of the popular Burgess Falls.

With any of the trip options, guests will be sure to enjoy paddling these sections of the beautiful Caney Fork River.

Since the “Upper” Caney Fork has some larger areas, it is also great for your next large scout group or church outing. Both guided and self guided trip options are available.

*Canoe The Caney offers Canoes and Kayaks  for all “Upper” River excursions.


Burgess Falls 12-mile Excursion

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Current Operating Season:

Now Open Through November

Hours :

9-5 Seven Days A Week Unless Posted at the Top of Page

Driving Directions:

From Interstate 40 (I-40), take exit 273, then turn south on Hwy 56 (Smithville Hwy) toward Smithville. We are located 1 mile on your right at 17055 Smithville Hwy, Silver Point, TN 38582.