National Park Partners is collaborating with Sunshine’s Adventures for two special fundraising stand up paddleboard (SUP) adventures on the Chickamauga Creek on Saturday morning, at 11 a.m. and Saturday afternoon at 2 p.m.
The two-hour COVID-safe guided paddleboard tour through history will be lead by experienced guides accompanied by storytelling from Dr.
Greg Grant, an outdoor enthusiast and board member of National Park Partners.
Along the journey, paddlers will re-discover the site where Union General William T. Sherman launched 116 pontoon boats to begin his movement towards Missionary Ridge. The tour will continue through the quiet creek and passed the TVA Big Ridge Small Wild Area with interesting eroded limestone cliffs and the rock quarry used by TVA in the construction of Chickamauga Dam. This time of year it is likely to spot great blue herons, kingfishers, turtles, and other wildlife along the way.
This guided and equipped paddleboard tour is perfect for beginner and intermediate paddlers, ages 16 and up who want a unique adventure on one of Chattanooga’s scenic waterways. No paddleboarding experience is necessary to participate but pre-registration is required as spaces are limited. The group will paddle stable, inflatable paddleboards from Greenway Farm along beautiful North Chickamauga Creek for one-mile, leisurely-paced and peaceful paddle.
The cost is $75 per person which includes the guided tour, all paddleboard equipment, and a donation to National Park Partners in support of their mission to conserve the natural, historic, and cultural resources of Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, including Moccasin Bend National Archeological District.
Reservations and payment are required at least 24 hours in advance as space is limited. Individuals with their own paddle crafts can join the tour with a donation to NPP and select the corresponding ticket option during check out. To learn more contact firstname.lastname@example.org or call 423 763-7357.
Frequently Asked Questions
Q: What are you doing to address COVID-19?
A: All tours are limited to 10 people. All equipment is disinfected to industry standards prior to use. You will have your own disinfected equipment to use during the tour and will not share it with others. We only operate outdoors. We encourage physical distancing of 6 ft during the safety briefing and throughout the tour. We will not provide any transportation - you will meet us at the location given in the confirmation email. Guides will complete temperature checks before each tour. Guides will wear a face covering when coming in close proximity to offer instruction or assistance on the water. All waivers must be completed online prior to arrival which includes COVID-19 questions. We ask that you use good personal judgment and not attend if you are experiencing any symptoms. We also reserve the right to refuse participation if COVID-19 exposure or symptoms are exhibited/observed. We will offer refunds or credits on future tours to prevent the spread of COVID-19.
Q: Do I need to know how to paddleboard to participate?
A: No, this is a beginner-friendly adventure with instruction and equipment provided.
Q: Do I need to know how to swim to participate?
A: No, you'll be required to wear a personal flotation device (PFD) throughout the duration of the tour, which will keep you afloat in the event you fall of the board into the water.
Q: I know how to swim, do I have to wear a lifejacket during the tour?
A: Yes, due to our insurance requirements, we require every participant to wear a lifejacket throughout the duration of our tours.
Q: Is there an age or weight limit?
A: Yes, the maximum weight limit for paddleboards is 275 lbs. The minimum weight is 50 lbs for lifejackets for children. This adventure is most appropriate for ages 16+ with a participating adult. Children under the age of 13 may be required to share a paddleboard and ride with an adult depending on height and coordination. Please contact us directly with any questions or concerns.
Q: What is your refund/cancellation policy?
A: Refunds can be requested up to 24 hours prior to any scheduled tour date/time. No refunds will be issued if a cancellation/refund is requested within 24 hours of scheduled tour date/time. Sunshine's Adventures guide staff reserve the right to cancel a tour at any time due to severe weather, low enrollment or other concerns. In the event of a cancellation, a rescheduled tour date will be offered. In the event you cannot attend the rescheduled tour, a full refund will be issued. If the tour begins and inclement weather occurs that poses a risk to participant safety and is canceled at the guide's discretion after 1 full hour, the tour is considered to be complete with no refunds or reschedule, if less than 1 hour into the tour, a reschedule date and/or refund will be available. Thank you for your courtesy and understanding with this policy