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Kayak Tour: Jacob Cummings and the Paddle to Freedom

Chickamauga and Chattanooga National Military Park, in partnership with Outdoor Chattanooga and National Park Partners, will conduct a FREE, 3- hour, historical kayak tour. In late July 1839, Jacob Cummings liberated himself from slavery on the banks of Moccasin Bend and paddled his way to freedom in a small canoe. National Park Partners will sponsor this special kayak tour marking the 180th anniversary of Cummings’ escape from slavery. Participants will paddle the route he followed and learn about his role as both passenger and agent on the Underground Railroad.

National Park Partners teams up with Outdoor Chattanooga on Ranger-guided educational and recreational tours of our National Park. NPP dedicates funding every year for Outdoor Chattanooga to provide bicycles and canoes or kayaks, free of charge, to tour participants.

Participants should meet Outdoor Chattanooga staff at the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency’s Suck Creek boat ramp to be shuttled to the launch site. To make a reservation, please visit Outdoor Chattanooga’s online catalog at or call 423-643-6888.

Participants must be 14 years of age or older
Participants must know how to swim.

Outdoor Chattanooga and the National Park Service reserve the right to cancel a trip at any time at their discretion, due to weather or water conditions. Participants will be notified as soon as possible if there is a cancellation. The rain date for this event is Friday, August 2, at 8:30 am. If you must cancel your reservation for any reason, please try to do so with a minimum of 24 hours’ notice. Please call between the hours of 8 am – 5 pm, Monday – Friday to cancel a reservation.

Earlier Event: July 20
Lookout Creek Canoe Tour
Later Event: August 17
Lookout Creek Canoe Tour