Top U.S. Flatwater: Southeast

Green River: Kentucky

Kentucky is one of the best states for paddling. The diversity of rivers and scenery is almost unparalleled. Besides offering a kick-ass assortment of whitewater, the state has wonderful flatwater. And the Green River is the crowning glory. Two sections reign supreme.

The stretch between Liberty and Green River Lake is often overlooked. Running through farmland and along some steep, wooded hills, the river is treelined and flows swiftly. You'll encounter some playful Class I whitewater and probably some logjams. This section is runnable from November through mid-June. The section between Munfordville and Houchins Ferry is runnable all year long. This section runs through Mammoth Cave National Park. Beautiful forests replace the cornfields once the Green River enters the park, and wildlife is abundant. This is cave country, and at least two caves can be scouted at water's edge. Canoe camping is allowed throughout the park.


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