Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Rangers
Join Outdoor Chattanooga and Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park Rangers for a FREE 3-hour, guided and equipped historical kayak tour on the Tennessee River to experience the story of Jacob Cummings.
Jacob Cummings was enslaved since birth and spent much of his early life toiling on the farm of James Smith, located along the upper banks of Moccasin Bend, just across the river from Ross’s Landing. In late July 1839, just a year after the Cherokee had been forced out of the area, and still months before Chattanooga was formally chartered, Jacob Cummings decided to make his escape. From near Brown’s Ferry on Moccasin Bend, Cummings took a canoe and paddled away from a life of slavery.
This special kayak tour, made possible through the support of National Park Partners, will mark the 180th anniversary of Cummings escape and follow his route from Brown’s Ferry, to Williams Island, to Walden’s Ridge. Participants will learn about Cummings story both as a passenger and agent on the famed Underground Railroad.
The following reservation and paddler requirements must be met prior to tour participation.
Directions to the launch site will be provided with a reservation confirmation. National Park Service signs will also be placed at certain locations to assist participants in finding the launch location.
REGISTRATION WILL OPEN 10 days before this program
Contact Outdoor Chattanooga if you have questions
Info@outdoorchattanooga.com or call (423)643-6888
At least one “adult” (18+) must be in each boat.
Children must be at least 10 years old.
No experience is necessary. Equipment and instruction provided. Lifejackets provided and required.
Disclaimer: The accuracy of the information above depends on the information provided by organizers and third parties.