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12800 U.S. Hwy. 127
Dunlap, TN 37327
Lat. N 35*19’ & Lon. W 85*23’
Phone: 423-949-4409
Cell:      423-316-1498
Or         423-987-7513

Open 2014
Weekends: May 10th thru Labor Day (September 1st)
Daily: Memorial Day to August 10th
Lat. N 35*19’ & Lon. W 85*23’
Hours: 8:30AM to 2:00PM (end of rental time) Last Pickup 5:00PM Central Time
Reservations: Strongly encouraged, I.e. Call Ahead

About Us
    With about 50 canoes available for rental, we are re-opening CANOE the Sequatchie in Dunlap, Tennessee. This business was previously owned by my grandparents, Scott and Ernestine Pilkington who ran it for 35 years. Given that we are college students, the season will be shorter along with fewer Canoes than the years before. We will however, uphold the fine service as was the standard for those 35 years!

1 Canoe two people: 3-4 mile trip about 2 hrs. plus stops.   $50.00
                                       6 mile trip about 3 hrs. plus stops.   $55.00
                                       9 mile trip about 4 hrs. plus stops.   $65.00*
2+ Canoes two to a canoe: $3 less per canoe.
Extra Adult (one only)       $15
Extra Child (one or two)     $8
Seat Back  $2
Cushion     $1.50
Ice chest:  Small, no blue ice        $3
Small, with blue ice     $3.50
Large, no blue ice        $4
Large, with blue ice     $5
Water and soft drinks available
Dry box for camera $3

*9 mile trip is usually available to mid-season early starts only

Shuttles of personal canoes will be at the same charge as rental, none exceed 80lbs

Group Rates with Reservation and Deposit
10+ people: $24 per person weekends, holidays, $23 weekday
25+ people: $23 per person weekends, holidays, $22 weekday
Non-paddler children under 8 are $8 but do not count for group numbers. Persons riding in center of canoe are provided a cushion.

    Everyone will be provided a U.S. Coast Guard Type II Life Vest.  Persons under 13 and non-swimmers must wear a life vest at all times while in the canoe.  No alcoholic beverages.  We do no overnight trips.  Please no Styrofoam ice chest, they will more than likely fail before the trip is over.

Of all the hundreds of news paper and other print media written articles about the Sequatchie, Granddads favorite is this one written in 1991, by Staff Writer Ina Hughes, Knoxville News-Sentinel.  The nice part is a river changes little, so this article is today as it was years ago, a completely honest story of discovery of the Sequatchie River.  It has been updated to reflect current information about today’s CANOE the Sequatchie.

Gentle Thrills
By Ina Hughes
The Sequatchie offers relaxation.  Cruising down the Sequatchie River on a Friday afternoon, fingers trailing in the water, paddling only when the spirit moves- or the river doesn’t- it becomes evident how very good the Indians were at names.
Sequatchie means opossum.   
Opossums are good at playing dead. When they have a mind to, opossums can lie up so still that all signs of life seem to have flowed out of them.  Even when not playing dead, opossums are lazy.
So is the Sequatchie.
Bob Sehlinger and Bob Lantz, authors of “A Canoeing and Kayaking Guide to the Streams of Tennessee”, call the Sequatchie a Tennessee Sleeper, running sweet, slow and beautiful: “The scenery from the river level is the most spectacular you’ll find on any Class I float stream in the state.”
Tiny snails look like buttons sewn to a chestnut-colored bottom.  Minnows play along the banks, darting in and out of the shallows. Columns of river birch, maples and sycamores hold up ceilings of arched, gothic greenery.  The only sounds are of nature’s hidden orchestra.
A young Angus cow, dresses in symphony black, makes tuba sounds from behind a barbed-wire fence as her audience floats by.
The Indians say the Sequatchie Valley is shaped like a canoe.  The drive south from Crossville on Highway 127 to Dunlap is a lesson in how a canoe is made.  The valley is dug out of the earth, narrow and well-proportioned. In some places, the valley is only a couple miles wide, and never are its mountain “sides” out of sight.
The river itself is an upside-down world.  Trees lean over to primp at their own mirror image.  Clouds float in the water.  Paddlers look down to see a copycat motion picture of their every move, canoe –on- canoe.
There are cows, king fishers, wood ducks and water lilies.
It is a beautiful day.  No sign of rain in a sapphire sky.
But, it’s not always a picture postcard world.
Up in the trees, high above the river, are patches of debris – reminders that nature has a violent side.  Last winter the “opossum" became a lion, roaring down the valley, flooding farmlands, washing out houses, and exposing roots of trees and leaving them hanging on for dear life.  It was several feet above the hundred -flood mark, and folks will be talking about it for a long time.

Scott and Ernestine Pilkington (my grand-parents) know the river and all its moods about as well as anybody around; having lived on it and canoed its 113 miles so many times they have lost count.  Our friendly, low-key canoe rental business operates from a blue building across from the Pilkington’s home.  The business is at 12780-12800 US Highway 127 at the South City Limits of Dunlap, TN at the Sequatchie River U. S. 127 Bridge (the business has not moved but now has a 911 address).
You hear so much these days about “white water rafting”, says Ernestine Pilkington.  “That it puts a lot of people off.  What we have here is Gentle Thrills.  It’s the kind adventuring anybody can do: the kids (age 2 and up), Grand mom and Granddad.  There are no surprises, and the water is only waist deep in most places.
Zane or Bryant McDaniel will fix you up right for a canoe trip.  They have watertight camera boxes and coolers for rent: drinks, bug spray when needed (a special pennyroyal concoction that deer flies hate) and caps for sale: canoe rental includes a wearable life-vest for everyone (Tennessee & Federal Law), floating cushions and seat back (recommended if you have a back problems) are also available to rent.  Non-swimmers and those under 13 must wear a life-vest.
And you can get your change in golden dollars if you ask.
Your driver will load you up and all your gear and will drop you off up river at your point of choice: a nine mile trip, a six mile trip or three mile trip.  All canoes eventually end up at Canoe the Sequatchie river access ramp just before a green bottom (Hwy 127) bridge.  Note: mid-season on most years the canoe trips start at the river access ramp and trips of four and six miles are available.
It’s a solitary river, a great place to get away from it all.  The only eyes watching will be a few friendly cows and don’t be surprised it some are along the shore – especially if it is hot!

Phone: 423-949-4409
12800 U. S. Highway 127 at River
South of Dunlap, TN
Lat. N 35*19’ & Lon. W 85*23’