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How To Kayak in Montgomery Bell State Park


Two lime green and blue kayaks float on the lake bordered by small wooden walkways with green trees and blue sky in the background in Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee

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.

A small cream-colored wooden hut sits on the edge of a lake surrounded by pedal boats and canoes and green trees in Montgomery Bell State Park in Tennessee.
The Broken Paddle Outfitters hut where you can rent kayaks and canoes.

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!


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