The Tennessee River is one of the most beautiful, large rivers in the American south. The forests around the river are equally as quiet and rather undisturbed by developers. If you are looking for a fun vacation to take with family, camping on the banks of the Tennessee River is definitely a good choice. Here are a few tips to ensure your family's Tennessee River cabin vacation is enjoyable and safe.
1. Stay back from the river.
You may be tempted to stay right on the river so you can hear its rushing waters as you drift off to sleep each night. This might be a good idea if you're camping only with adults, but it's a poor choice for kids. Stay a little further back from the river so that if the kids wander away for a minute or two, you don't have to worry about them falling (or jumping) into the water. There are plenty of cabins about a 10-minute walk from the river's edge, which gives you plenty of space.
2. Raft with certified companies.
Rather than just launching your own raft into the river, make sure you raft with a registered company. This approach has a few advantages. First, rafting companies know what areas of the river are safety to row in. Second, someone will know where you are and will be waiting for you to come back. If you just raft off on your own and become stranded or injured, there won't be anyone looking for you — so it may be a long while before rescue comes.
3. Find out what the cabin comes with.
Make sure you get a full list of the cabin's contents from the rental agency. This way, you won't waste time and space packing what you don't need. And you won't find yourself without essentials because you assumed they were in the cabin.
4. Visit in the spring or fall.
The best time to camp on the Tennessee River, especially with kids, is in the spring or fall. The summer can get really hot, and mosquitoes will be prevalent, which may make the trip less enjoyable. Winter camping is fun, but a bit tough for young kids who may not be as adept at bundling up and staying warm.
With the tips above, your family is sure to have a great time camping on the banks of the Tennessee River. Remember to go rafting, hiking, and maybe even fishing to experience the breadth of the region.