Sandhill Crane Kayak Tour at Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge

10:00 AM  –  12:00 PM

Cherokee Removal Memorial

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  • Fitness level  1: Relaxed
  • Skill level  1: Beginner
  • Group size: 6

Join REI on a professionally guided kayak tour to the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge on the Tennessee River. You will see over 12,000 Sandhill Cranes spending the winter on Hiwassee Island, which has the second-largest wintering population of cranes in the Southeast. Sandhill Cranes can be up to 4 foot tall and have a wingspan up to 6 feet. The endangered Whooping Crane and even a Hooded Crane have been spotted in past years migrating with the Sandhill Cranes. The island is a birding oasis and is ranked a top 5 hotspot in the State of Tennessee for viewing Bald Eagles. Hiwassee Island is also home to a large population of Great Blue Herons and many other bird species. Fall arrivals of the Sandhill Crane begin in November and finish in March. This is a wildlife viewing experience like no other. You can also use this great opportunity to try out paddling and meet new friends at one of Chattanooga's natural treasures. An introduction to kayaking equipment and basic techniques will be provided prior to embarking on the journey. All kayak equipment and guides are included for these tours. Previous kayaking experience recommended, but not required. If you are interested in more wildlife tours try our Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour at Nickajack Wildlife Refuge from May through October.

  • Witness the beauty of 12,000 migrating Sandhill Cranes
  • Explore the Hiwassee Wildlife Refuge by kayak

Cherokee Removal Memorial

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