Hipmunk Hotels: Find Your Kayak Adventure in the South From Charleston to Chattanooga

Kayaking is one of my favorite outdoor activities while on holiday. The combination of a proper arm workout as well as being able to enjoy the beautiful scenery around me from a different vantage point, makes this water sport an ideal pastime while on vacation. If you’re heading to Tennessee or South Carolina, consider one of these cities for your kayak adventure.

Kayak Heaven in Charleston

With the charm of a small town, but the hustle and bustle of a big city, Charleston manages to sweep you off your feet as soon as you arrive. Many flock to the city for its captivating history, Southern hospitality, and pristine beaches. However, the outdoor fan will find a variety of activities to enjoy.

There are plenty of rivers and waterways to explore with your kayak. Join a tour around the swamps and creeks or try a full day kayak trip to the islands off the Charleston coast. The city even has an East Coast Paddlesports and Outdoor Festival in April. So grab your kayak and head to THE water sport city in South Carolina!

Eco Tours in Myrtle Beach

The stunning beaches and a variety of exciting activities for children makes Myrtle Beach in South Carolina a popular holiday destination for families with beautiful resort hotels on offer. It is also a perfect place for a watersports holiday. You can join eco tours through the waterways inland and see a side of the Grand Strand most visitors miss out on.

For a more relaxing experience, paddle around Murrells Inlet while enjoying the scenery and wildlife around you.

Mardi Gras Parade in Biloxi, MS

Perched amid the Smoky Mountains in Tennessee, Gatlinburg is an all-time favorite destination for outdoor lovers. The Smoky Mountains dominate the landscape of this picturesque city and give you a wealth of water activities to keep you busy throughout your stay.

There are options for all levels, from a relaxing Chilhowee and Tellico Lake kayak tour to a more exhilarating white water adventure on the Lower Pigeon River. Unwind after an active day in the rustic Buckberry Creek Lodge, with views of the mountains from every room.

Creeks and Waterways in Hilton Head Island

Known for its excellent golf courses, Hilton Head Island draws plenty of golf enthusiasts to its shores. However, golf is not the only sport practiced on the island as the city hosts many prominent sporting events throughout the year.

Kayaking has become a popular activity to experience the area from a different angle, with tours and rentals on offer around the island. You can kayak the creeks and waterways off Hilton Head Island or if you’d like to observe wildlife, head to Calibogue Sound for dolphin, manatee, and horseshoe crab spotting.

Bat Cave Show in Chattanooga

Chattanooga in Tennessee is a charming city with a diverse offering for any type of traveler. Its breathtaking scenic beauty has attracted many visitors looking for adventure activities around the area. Gently paddle along the Tennessee river towards the Nickajack Cave where bats put on a show as they pour out of the cave at dusk.

If you’d like more action, head to North Chickamauga Creek for white water kayaking. A site not to be missed is Rock City only 6 miles from downtown Chattanooga. Ancient rock formations define the landscape with a waterfall cascading 100 feet down.

Feature photo by Patrick Fore.
This post was written in collaboration with Hipmunk.

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Hi! I'm a Belgian travel blogger currently living in Vancouver, Canada after living in the UK for 7 years. I have a keen interest in responsible travel, volunteering and archaeology and I'm always on the lookout for new adventures around the world!

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