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Tims Ford Blueway

Outdoor Adventures, Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area, Water Trail (Blueway)

Tims Ford Blueway is located in Franklin County, in the south central portion of Tennessee.

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The Tims Ford Blueway is designed to meet the interests of a growing population of paddlers. The town of Estill Springs is located at the northern-most end of the Blueway. In the early 1800s the town's mineral springs attracted individuals in pursuit of the reputed curative qualities of the water. Today, the remaining springs are still the source of the town's water supply. Further downstream is the city of Winchester. The historic district offers antique shops, art galleries and fine dining. Access to the Blueway as well as camping is available at the City Park. Nearby Tims Ford State Park is named for an early river crossing and is known for its scenic views, natural surroundings and biologically significant habitats. The park offers camping, cabin rentals, a marina, hiking and biking trails with spectacular views of the reservoir, and access to the Blueway. Five islands, accessible only by boat, can be reserved for primitive camping through the state park.

Tims Ford Lake is located in Franklin County, in the south central portion of Tennessee. The lake is formed by the 175-foot tall Tims Ford Dam that stretches 1,580 feet across the Elk River. The reservoir covers 10,700 acres with a maximum depth of 150 feet and 255 miles of shoreline. Construction of the dam by the Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) began in 1966. In 1970 the dam was completed and within a few weeks the reservoir was filled. ECO-FRIENDLY NOTES Follow Leave No Trace practices.