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my TENNESSEE ERIC JACKSON, Olympic slalom and four-time World Champion freestyle kayaker, would rather kayak than do anything else. His perfect day is running waterfalls and freestyle tricks in the rapids before and after work at Jackson Kayak in Rock Island, where his family-run company, the largest maker of fishing kayaks worldwide, makes 20,000 kayaks per year. RENT A KAYAK OR BRING YOUR OWN: Douglas Lake Try flat-water kayaking and kayak fishing at this lake near Knoxville. Wolf River In the Memphis area, paddle through natural ecosystems such as bottomland hardwoods and cypresstupelo swamps on this gently flowing—yet surprisingly technical—Class I river. Caney Fork River, below Center Hill Dam Rent a kayak from Caney Fork Outdoors and enjoy a gentle float trip and trout fishing. Ocoee River Get a thrill as you launch down Class III and IV whitewater rapids in the Cherokee National Forest. Harpeth River Just south of Nashville, canoe the lower portion of this shallow, slow-moving river, which is a designated “scenic river” area. Rock Island State Park Run a 20-foot waterfall, shoot Class V rapids and freestyle kayak downstream on the upper section of the Caney Fork River.
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