If you want an enjoyable and remote camping experience, then renting a cabin on the banks of the Tennessee River is absolutely a good choice. This river is beautiful, and the woods surrounding it in some areas are equally as stunning. However, staying on the banks of the rushing water does come with some challenges, and you will want to follow these tips and tricks to ensure a fun, safe time.
Tip #1: Don't stay to close to the water if you have kids.
The rapids of the Tennessee River are stunning, but they are also dangerous, particularly for children. If you are traveling with young ones, pick a cabin that is set a ways back from the water so you don't have to be as worried about your kids tumbling in. Of course, if you're only staying with adults, you can ignore this advice; just make sure you're aware of your surroundings when you step out of the cabin at night.
Tip #2: Bring bug spray.
The black flies love the woods and water as much as humans do. They can be pretty wicked, especially in the evening. Bring a good bug spray and apply it before you think you need it. If you leave the cabin to go on any hikes or to kayak on the river, bring your spray along. Black fly bites are very itchy, and you don't want to spend your whole vacation treating them.
Tip #3: Plan on staying in an off-grid cabin.
With a few exceptions, most of the cabins along the Tennessee River are true cabins. They're not connected to electricity or water. Unless your rental agent or the cabin's owner specifically told you the cabin you're renting has electricity or running water, it probably does not. Come prepared for this. Bring flashlights, warm clothing, and plenty of clean water for your stay.
Tip #4: Don't wander off alone.
You might assume it will be easy to find your way back to your cabin, especially since you can follow the sound of the water to head back towards the river. But the dense woods in some parts of the Tennessee River bed, along with the swirling of the water, can make it hard to tell which direction the rushing water sounds are coming from. When you go hiking, go hiking with someone else. Bring your phone, a compass, or a GPS device just in case.
With the tips above, your Tennessee River camping adventure will be an experience to remember — in a good way!
To learn more, contact a Tennessee River cabin vacation service today.