Buffalo River Blueway

You have greenways and blueways.  We all know what is meant by greenways... land!  And blueways are where the water is, in other words waterways.  The Buffalo River in Tennessee is our local blueway or waterway, offering tons of ways to enjoy flatwater and smooth-current paddlers to enjoy some of the best scenery, wildlife watching and fishing the Eastern United States has to offer.

The Tennessee River is not the only blueway in Middle Tennessee.  In Lewis County, we have the Buffalo River, 153 miles long and perfect for kayaking, canoeing, paddleboarding, floating in an innertube.  It was designated a "State Scenic River" under the Tennessee Wild and Scenic Rivers Act.  According to Wikipedia, "The Buffalo River is the longest unimpounded river in Middle Tennessee in the United States. It flows 125 miles through the southern and western portions of that region. The Buffalo is the largest tributary of the Duck River. Canoeing is popular, especially in its middle section. The river is named for the Buffalo fish which was abundant when the first European settlers arrived.

Under the Department of Environment & Conservation, Division of Natural Areas, the Scenic Rivers Program was established in 1968 with the passage of the Tennessee Scenic Rivers Act (Title 11; Chapter 13). Since passage of this act, the General Assembly has designated sections of 13 rivers as State Scenic Rivers. Many of these Scenic Rivers are managed cooperatively with other local, state and federal agencies as well as with non-governmental organizations.

The Scenic Rivers Program seeks to preserve valuable selected rivers, or sections thereof, in their free-flowing natural or scenic conditions and to protect their water quality and adjacent lands. The program seeks to preserve within the scenic rivers system itself, several different types and examples of river areas, including mountain streams and deep gorges of east Tennessee, the pastoral rivers of middle Tennessee, and the swamp rivers of west Tennessee. State Scenic Rivers are managed according to the Rules for the Management of Tennessee Natural Resource Areas.

Today, we have water enthusiasts come from all over the country to enjoy the river we have come to take for granted.  Be sure to visit the Hohenwald-Lewis County website for the Chamber of Commerce, which provides information for your great adventure on the portion of the Buffalo River which runs through Lewis County.


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