REI Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour at Nickajack Wildlife Refuge

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Presented by REI at Nickajack Bat Cave Maple View Recreation Area, South Pittsburg TN

Apr 06
Sep 21
REI Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour at Nickajack Wildlife Refuge

Join REI at sunset on a guided kayak tour to Nickajack Bat Cave, where 100, 000 endangered grey bats come out each night to feed.

Every year on the Tennessee River at Nickajack Bat Cave and Wildlife Refuge, an estimated 100,000 endangered Grey bats roost from late April to early October. In April the Tennessee Valley Authority begins filling the Nickajack Reservoir to summer levels of water. In doing so it also fills the empty Nickajack Cave with warm water. The warm water of the river heats the temperature of the bat cave slightly, creating the ideal environment for bats to raise their young. Join us at sunset as we paddle kayaks over to watch these bats dramatically take flight each night in search of insects. This is a great opportunity to experience paddling for the first time and meet new friends at one of Chattanooga’s natural treasures.

  • View an amazing array of bats at dusk
  • Kayak a local treasure at sunset
  • Meet like-minded individuals
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Available Dates

Sat Apr 6       7:00pm – 9:00pm EST     View more info
Sun May 19   7:00pm – 9:00 pm EST    View more info
Sat Jun 1     7:00pm – 9:00pm EST    View more info
Sun Jun 2   7:00pm – 9:00pm EST    View more info
Sat Jul 6  7:00pm – 9:00pm EST       View more info
Fri Aug 9  7:00pm – 9:00pm EST     View more info
Sat Sep 7   6:00pm – 8:00pm EST    View more info
Fri Sep 13 6:00pm – 8:00pm EST    View more info
Sat Sep 21  6:00pm – 8:00pm EST  View more info

Contact: (423) 485-1249

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Nickajack Bat Cave Maple View Recreation Area

Mapleview Rd, South Pittsburg, TN 37380

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