A publication of Appalachian Voices


A publication of Appalachian Voices


Paddling Treasures

A guide to some of the region’s best boating spots

Kayakers converge below a rapid

When Lake Cumberland is low and the Rockcastle River level drops, the beauty of the Narrows section shines. Kayakers that know of this Kentucky gem rally when conditions are ideal, not batting an eye at hiking their boats and gear close to a mile to the put-in. Photo by Brandon Jett

By Sam Kepple

Nothing says summer like a day on the water, whether you prefer drifting through a mountain gorge, rushing over a waterfall or floating on a picturesque lake. Below is a sampling of the region’s boating gems – some well-known in the paddling community, others waiting to be explored.


Over the years, The Appalachian Voice has explored a wide array of the marvelous and wonderful hidden treasures of Appalachia. Visit appvoices.org/hiddentreasures to explore them all.


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2019 — June/July

2019 — June/July