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REI Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour

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

Apr 18 2020
Jun 30 2020
REI Bat Cave Sunset Kayak Tour

Join REI at sunset every weekend Friday through Sunday, May through September 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 the adventure at sunset and 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

If you enjoy the REI Bat Cave Kayak Tour join them November through February for the REI Sandhill Crane Kayaking Tour where you can paddle through 14,000 4 foot tall birds winter on an island on the Tennessee River. https://www.rei.com/events/93323/sandhill-crane-kayak-tour-at-hiwassee-wildlife-refuge

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$65/REI Members

Contact: (423) 485-1249

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Additional time info:

All tour times are Eastern Standard Time

* Event durations (if noted) are approximate. Please check with the presenting organization or venue to confirm start times and duration.


Nickajack Bat Cave Maple View Recreation Area

Mapleview Rd, South Pittsburg, TN 37380

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