Higher Pursuits
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Higher Pursuits

Gear Rentals • Boat Rentals • Nature & Wildlife Tours • Kayaking & Canoeing
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Join us for a beautiful day on the Duck River. We are located near Columbia, TN and just an hour or so from Nashville, Huntsville, and Murfreesboro. At our Duck River location we provide canoe and kayak rentals on the scenic Duck River. Our goal is to connect you with the natural wonder of the river while providing great service, quality equipment and a family friendly environment. The Duck River is one of the most biologically diverse rivers in North America and features over 60 species of Freshwater Mussels, 120 species of fish, Great Blue Heron, the occasional Bald Eagle and if you are lucky freshwater Otters. In addition to renting canoes and kayaks, we also offer paddling instruction and guided trips in Middle Tennessee
Columbia, Tennessee

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2022

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Mike and Andrea
1 contribution
Aug 2022
Our family group of ELEVEN, rented 5 canoes and for most of the family it was the first time in a canoe. Everyone had a fantastic experience. It was so much fun seeing them somewhat learn how to control their canoe. We laughed at each others mistakes as we enjoyed the incredible views of nature. Staff is THE BEST and that is after a dozen or more canoe trips all over Tn with several other companies over the past few years.
Written August 29, 2022
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CaliGirl312
3 contributions
May 2021
Everything about our experience with Higher Pursuits was awesome. I've been Class 1 kayaking throughout the Midwest (Illinois, Wisconsin, Indiana, Michigan) and kayaking on the Duck River in TN far outshined all of those trips. It was a day to remember. I went with my boyfriend and my mom. My BF and I have been on many a kayak trip, but this was my mom's first time kayaking EVER. I wanted to make sure she had a good time and that it was manageable for her.

We reserved 1 premium kayak and 1 premium tandem kayak for the shorter run (Cheek's Bend). We arrived earlier than our reserved time, but it was a Thursday so nobody was around. Jan, the owner, was extremely accommodating upon our arrival and informed us that we were the only reservation for the day. We unloaded and Jan got us our life jackets and gave us a great safety/route overview and sightseeing information about the Duck River.

Two experienced staff members loaded us up in their truck (NICE truck) and off we went. The premium kayaks were worth the extra money. The most comfortable kayaks I've ever used, lots of leg room and storage room.

As for the actual kayak route: WOW. Gorgeous doesn't begin to describe this section of the river--tons of wildlife, picturesque bluffs and waterfalls, lush flora. We saw turtles, hawks, muskrats, carp, mussels (its a mussel sanctuary), and snakes (small ones!). Some of the river shore is private property but you can't see any of it. Just the beautiful wildlife.
Written May 18, 2021
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Thanks for paddling with us. We are so glad you loved the Duck River as much as we do!
Written May 21, 2021
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Lynne P
Spring Hill, TN5 contributions
Oct 2021 • Friends
A friend and I had a perfect day on the Duck River. The folks at Higher Pursuits are knowledgeable, professional and VERY customer oriented. We have used other outfitters on the Duck and other rivers and Higher Pursuits are in an elite class of their own. The premium kayaks are worth the little extra that they cost for comfort, but all of their boats are quality. Go and enjoy the beauty of a paddle on the river.
Written October 3, 2021
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Terri Willoughby
2 contributions
Aug 2021
Higher Pursuits is an extremely professional kayaking/canoe company. Before we got cranked up, upon ordering tickets online, we immediately got a confirmation email. Upon arrival, we checked into the cute little office & gave them our release information form that we had downloaded & signed. We then went to the white board area where we were shown a map of the river and what landmarks to look for (the I-65 bridge & bridge #2). These were toward the end of the trip & once you get to the 1st bridge (I-65) then you are to call & they will come & pick you up. By time we drug the kayaks up the boat ramp a bit, they were there. Talk about prompt! The kayaks we rented were top notch sit inside with extremely comfortable high back seats that I would liken to a sling back low beach chair. We lucked out and had a rain upstream a few days before and had a nice little current going in some spots so we didn't have to work so hard to paddle. The river was beautiful & a breath of fresh air...so peaceful. The water was refreshing on a super hot day and we even packed a picnic lunch. Couldn't of had a more positive experience! If you want to kayak the Duck River, this is definitely the place to go!
Written August 8, 2021
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Audrey G
7 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We love higher pursuits. The care is felt the second you enter this property. These folks can make an outhouse seem like a sweet (although still smelly) experience. We've been two years in a row with our littles and will continue coming back so long as they are there. Don't miss the chance to enjoy - also get the tripper if you have kids under 6ish to ride with you - our kids LOVE this place too!
Written August 1, 2021
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Jody M
1 contribution
Jul 2021
I have been kayaking most of my adult life and have used many outfitters. But I have to say, Higher Pursuits is on the top of my list. Last time I was kayaking with them. One of the guest lost her keys in the river and the owner got in a kayak, paddled up the river with her snorkeling mask in hand and dove to find her keys for about 30 minutes. This is typical of their level of care for their customers. I recommend Higher Pursuits to everyone I meet who is looking for a great experience on the Duck River. You won't find better or friendlier service.
Written July 26, 2021
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Debora Z
Nashville, TN1 contribution
Aug 2021 • Friends
The women who own the business are very organized, helpful, and friendly! We went on a weekday and I would highly recommend going at a time when the river is less crowded. I have used this company several times in the last few years and I think they are the most reliable and efficient. Their customer service is excellent!
Written August 29, 2021
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Kirsten P
Edmond, OK8 contributions
Jul 2021 • Family
We thoroughly enjoyed kayaking with this outfitter. We have done many in TN and AR and this one was the best. The water wasn’t super flowing but it was good enough. The river is decently deep and there is no worry of dragging. BUT the people were AMAZING! Their whole campsite (that’s what it feels like) is super cute and just plain awesome. We never had to wait on anything. They were there waiting on us at pick up time which was nice. Also, they have premium kayaks for very little extra and they are worth it.

We had a dog with us and there was another group that finished when we did, the worker (owner?) asked the other group if they were okay riding with a dog. Now how nice is that? Most would have expected all to like in and go.

NOTE- the other lady was fine with it as she is a dog trainer lol.

Highly recommend them!!
Written July 19, 2021
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Paul K
3 contributions
Jul 2022
This is a great outfitter—the best on the Duck River and in Middle TN. My family and I have rented kayaks and canoes from Higher Pursuits for more than 10 years, and we always have a top notch experience with them. I have also used them for business get-togethers, and they have been terrific. The Higher Pursuits folks have high-quality, well-maintained boats and gear, and they make everything easy, safe, and enjoyable. Plus, they are just nice, friendly folks. The Duck River is very calm and peaceful river, and a great paddling experience for beginners and families. Lots and lots of wildlife. We were out yesterday (July 3, 2022) on the Duck with Higher Pursuits and saw an otter, baby ducks, and lots of turtles. I can’t say enough good things about the Higher Pursuits team and the Duck River experience they offer.
Written July 4, 2022
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Felicity S
1 contribution
Jun 2022
I've paddled with almost every kayaking outfitter in the Mid TN area (and somewhat beyond). I had followed Higher Pursuit on social media and was extremely impressed with how I could tell they consistently chose safety over profit. They will tell you if the river is too high or too low. I kayaked another part of the duck with a large outfitter and honestly wanted to put my focus on other rivers after that experience. Well, I was wrong! First, the part of the Duck River that High Pursuits covers, is stunning and the easiest and least obstacle filled trip I have ever taken. Secondly, High Pursuits is a TOP notch facility, everything is pristine and you can tell they take great pride in providing quality services to kayakers. I can not recommend them enough. The education they give you before you go on the river has never been that thorough in any of my other experiences. I love that they have mesh trash bags that they provide (for your own trash and any other trash you might want to help with). This place is amazing and so are the people running it and kids that are helping shuttle you (so polite and really want to help). We will be back and I am sorry I waited this long to paddle with them. Only issue - they can sell out! They are excellent at communicating river levels as well via the USGS website.
Written June 27, 2022
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Thanks for paddling with us, we are glad you had a great experience on the river and at our shop.
Written June 28, 2022
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