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“Gorgeous River, Marginal Service and Equipment”

Flatwoods Canoe Base
Ranked #1 of 1 things to do in Flatwoods
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Recommended length of visit: More than 3 hours
Owner description: Located in the heart of Western Tennessee, Flatwoods Canoe Base offers the perfect outdoor getaway. The clean, clear water of the Buffalo River sets the pace for a day next to nature. We can tailor-make a day in the sun for you and your group.
Useful Information: Bathroom facilities, Food available for purchase, Activities for young children, Activities for older children
Reviewed 23 July 2015

This is a fun paddle, with the caveats given in previous reviews. It's beautiful and mild and scenic, but it is also popular and there was definitely a party crowd present so if you wanted a quiet, smoke and booze-free float you were out of luck at points.

We didn't mind the basic facilities, but we found the service and equipment marginal all around. Sure, they cheerfully took our money, but despite having called ahead, staff were in no hurry to get our kayaks loaded up or to transport us to the drop off. We received no basic instructions.

No options for choice of kayak were offered. No attempt was made to fit the kayaks to the participants - this resulted in one of our paddlers having significant difficulty with a completely undersized kayak. Another had to opt out before we started because the bare-bones sit-on-top kayaks offered no back support (the only seated kayak loaded on the trailer was broken.) The kayaks suffered from a lack of tie-downs and "dry" compartments.

The most experienced kayaker with us on this day said that there were better, more well-equipped outfitters on this river. We'd gladly have paid a few more bucks to have a safer, more enjoyable experience.

The shuttle drivers did their best given what appeared to be a complete lack of training and experience, and did make clear what to look for in terms of the take out point on this 10 mile paddle.

What I learned: Talk to an experienced paddler about local outfitter options.

1  Thank tnmarky
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Reviewed 1 July 2015

Great crew. Reasonaby priced.Took the 10 mile trip, lots of fun but not very challenging while reasonably sober. Very pretty, somewhat crowded. Mix of new and older aluminum canoes. Decent paddles.

Thank eric b
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Reviewed 4 August 2014

We always go to Flatwoods when we float the Buffalo river. Very friendly helpful staff.Always a great time!

Thank mondafrog
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Reviewed 20 July 2014

My daughter and I just returned from doing the 10 mile float in a kayak with Flatwoods Canoe Base and had a beautiful, relaxing trip down the Buffalo River. We first stopped at another rental called Buffalo River Resort which was closer to our home but they were unfriendly and disorganized so we went further down the road. We are so glad we stopped at Flatwoods because the service was excellent and staff was so friendly. The building is nothing fancy from the road, but the section of river they took us to for our trip was beautiful with waterfalls and swimming areas along the way. This place was worth the extra drive for us.

2  Thank Diverdown2014
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Reviewed 11 May 2014

By far the best place for a relaxing getaway. Very friendly staff. Reasonable rates. Overall a great place for friends and family to have a good time on the river.

1  Thank nichols81
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