Duck Scenic River

The Duck River is 284 miles long and is the longest river located entirely within the state of Tennessee. It originates in the “Barrens” on the Highland Rim in middle Tennessee and flows through seven middle Tennessee counties before reaching its confluence with the Tennessee River near New Johnsonville. The river is characteristic of long deep pools and shallow stretches of mini-rapids not to mention Normandy Dam and smaller drops. It’s boundaries include caves, cliffs, waterfalls, farmland, developed communities, two state parks and the Yanahli WMA. It supports more than 50 species of mussels, over 20 species of snails and more than 150 species of fish. The Duck River is one of the most biodiverse rivers in the U.S. with approximately 62.7 miles included in the scenic river program. Local outfitters rent canoes and kayaks and coordinate trips, including over-night camping trips. Personal craft can be launched from blueway access points and numerous TWRA boat launch areas. 

Maury County

Class II Pastoral River Area - that segment of the Duck River beginning at Iron Bridge Road (river mile 136.4) in Maury County extending continuously upstream to the Maury-Marshall County line (river mile 173.7) (see Acts, 2001 ch. 232, § 1). Designated in 2001.

Class II Pastoral River Area - that segment of the Duck River beginning at Industrial Park Road approximately at river mile 128 extending continuously to a point downstream to the boundary of Hickman County at approximately river mile 98 downstream from the Natchez Trace River Bridge. Designated in 2023.


Henry Horton State Park
4358 Nashville Hwy
Chapel Hill, TN 37034
(931) 364-7724

Old Stone Fort Archeological State Park
732 Stone Fort Dr.
Manchester, TN 37355
(931) 723-5073

Duck River Blueway

Yanahli Wildlife Management Area
Latitude 35.537254, longitude -86.966225
(931) 840-4042


This Page Last Updated: May 28, 2024 at 10:56 AM