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Tennessee whitewater, Buffalo River

Lewis and Wayne county, Murphy Bridge to Topsy Bridge section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I(II)     25 miles
  The Murphy Bridge to Topsy Bridge section of Buffalo River is 25 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I(II) section of whitewater. The wonderful Tennessee scenery and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. Some people prefer whitewater rafting and some kayaking, either way this is an area with not too many other places for that. If you're coming from Lawrenceburg
    it's not a long drive at all to the starting location, there's a road map further down the page with more info on that. The nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, and if you make reservations in advance you're all
set. A good workout and a chance to spend some time outdoors will have you coming back for more. The sections for whitewater rafting and kayaking here in Tennessee are often more challenging than in other states, so if you're visiting here do keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. There are campgrounds quite near the river where you can camp. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Murphy Bridge  
to Topsy Bridge section is one of them. If you have the time you can make this a two day trip, so go ahead and pack your camping stuff.

Briefly about the general area:
It's always glorious to explore Cow Hollow Spring, and you'll meet a lot of folks from Hohenwald here. A cool spot to visit in the neighborhood of Buffalo River is Voorhies Bend; Perry Hollow is a magnificent place to check out. This is such a fun river. Davis Bend is something you shouldn't miss if you're here at Buffalo River. Buffalo River is a wet place that gets much precipitation. Most of the rain falls during December; October is the month with the least moisture.

Buffalo River, Murphy Bridge to Topsy Bridge road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Buffalo River.
 Whitewater Near Buffalo River:
Buffalo River, Lewis and Wayne County, 10 miles away
      Class I(II) - 25 miles long (Murphy Bridge to Topsy Bridge)
 Hotels Near Buffalo River:
Rodeway Inn Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg , 19 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Lawrenceburg, Lawrenceburg , 19 miles away
Quality Inn & Suites Centerville, Centerville , 22 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Mount Pleasant, Mount Pleasant , 27 miles away
Quality Inn Hurricane Mills, Hurricane Mills , 30 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Buffalo River:
Tablerock Resort, Hohenwald, 6 miles away
Laurel Hill Lake, Westpoint, 6 miles away
Natchez Trace Wilderness Preserve, Hohenwald, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Buffalo River:
David Crockett State Park, Tennessee , 17 miles away
Mousetail Landing State Park, Tennessee , 22 miles away
Joe Wheeler State Park, Alabama , 37 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Buffalo River:
Hohenwald Municipal Golf Club, Hohenwald , 8 miles away
Waynesboro Municipal Golf Course, Waynesboro , 16 miles away
Dixie Oaks Golf Club, Summertown , 17 miles away
 Lakes Near Buffalo River
David Crockett Lake, Lawrence , 17 miles away
New Shoal Creek Reservoir, Lawrence , 19 miles away

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