Located less than 10 miles off the Natchez Trace Parkway, Waynesboro is a small Tennessee town surrounded by natural beauty. With lush greenery and winding rivers, it's a prime destination for those looking for a little adventure. One unique way to explore the area is by floating on the Buffalo River, and whether you're a skillful pro or just a beginner, Crazy Horse Recreational Park caters to all kinds of paddlers.
Photo: Candi Luedeke
Rent a kayak or a canoe
The Buffalo River winds its way 125 miles through South Central Tennessee, with a vast array of fish species and other wildlife prowling its tepid waters. Exploring by kayak of canoe is one way to experience it and with a large inventory of both, Crazy Horse Canoe has ample rental equipment available for everyone, so advance rental reservations are not required.
Take a guided tour of the river
For those who feel more comfortable with a guide steering the trip, the outfitter also organizes group outings. Crazy Horse Canoe's three different guided floats included access sites via privately owned property. The eight-mile river tour will immerse you in the overhanging trees, beneath the towering bluffs. The 10-mile trip travels along Slink Shoals, passing both a waterfall and a cave. For an even lengthier expedition, Crazy Horse Canoe's overnight tour spans two days and 16 miles, complete with a campsite under the stars.
Sleep under the stars along the Buffalo River
After a full day of paddling, you can set up camp at one of Crazy Horse's two campgrounds, which has tent sites, primitive camping, and RV sites with electrical and water hookups. Many spots are located right on the riverbanks. The campgrounds also offer free restrooms and picnic areas.
Catch some sleep at the Crazy Horse lodge
Camping not your forte? Snooze at Crazy Horse’s big lodge instead. Engulfed by the sights and sounds of the Buffalo River, the lodge's nine rooms are prime real estate for relaxation. The lodge also provides essential amenities, including space and equipment to grill and roast marshmallows.
For more information about visiting Waynesboro, read our Wayne County travel tips here.