This past weekend, I went kayaking at Montgomery Bell State Park in Burns, Tennessee. This park has a beautiful lodge and restaurant, several hiking trails, villas for rent, campsites for tents and RVs, backcountry camping, and a golf course.
I’ve visited this park several times as it’s only 45 minutes west of Nashville, but I had never tried any water sports at the park. It has three lakes: Lake Acorn, Creech Hollow Lake, and Lake Woodhaven.
While you can fish and boat on all three lakes, Lake Acorn is the spot for kayaking and canoeing. (1) A company called Broken Paddle Outfitters rents canoes and kayaks per hour or half day.
When I arrived in the park, I followed the signs for the swim beach and boating and ended up in a parking lot. Look for signs for Broken Paddle Outfitters pointing you down the hill towards the lake. I walked down the hill to a small hut.
You will need to sign an online waiver so bring your phone. I prefer sit-on-top kayaks, and most of their kayaks were that style.
I arrived as soon as they opened at 9:00 a.m. to beat the beat, and I’m glad I did. It was so peaceful and quiet out on the smooth water. I wasn’t able to explore the entire lake due to a couple walkways over the water, but I still got to see most of it.
I would definitely kayak on Lake Acorn again. Maybe I’ll see you out there!