Who We Are

Big Willie’s Action Sports is a locally owned and operated stand up paddle boarding and kayaking tour company. At Big Willie’s we have a passion for outdoor recreation and superb customer service. We operate tours in the heart of beautiful Music City… Nashville, TN!

We strive to make every guest experience a memorable one. With awe-inspiring views of the Nashville skyline and insight into what make makes Music City so unique, this is certainly a once in a lifetime opportunity!

We offer an active summer camp on the water, host group events and team building exercises, and you can join our SUP Yoga classes on the water. We have a bit of everything and cater to every skill level!

Meet our Team and Counselors




SUP Trained Specialist



Brother John



SUP Trained Specialist


Frequently Asked Questions

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Absolutely! This is a great activity to try as a family. Children under 18 must have a parental consent waiver signed  by a parent/guardian. All children must know how to swim. Children 10 and under may be more comfortable in a kayak. If you have any questions or special concerns contact us below.

Perfect! This section of the Cumberland River is a flat and wide commercial waterway so it is a great route for first timers. Guides will give paddlers a SUP/Kayak 101 introduction and important safety tips. Our river guide will be on the water with you the entire trip. We tailor the tour to your needs so if you feel uncomfortable or need extra help please just let us know! ***Weather, river current and barge activity can increase route difficulty.

Plan for the trip to take around 1.5hrs to 2.5hrs the weather, river current, recent rainfall and traffic can alter tour times. Our park ramps are public so ramp traffic may alter trip times. Strong headwinds can also increase the difficulty and duration of your trip.

The 2020 Season will run May 9, 2020 until mid September, weather permitting. Our tours run  Saturday and Sunday at 9am, Noon and 3pm  with a 7am sunrise Yoga  class. If you have questions or would like to book a party outside of normal hours click the contact us button below

Tips are never expected but very much appreciated! The guide/driver team really try to make your experience enjoyable and safe.

Weather Policy

We paddle rain or shine! If tours are cancelled for severe weather we will reschedule or issue a credit for a future tour.

Refund Policy

Due to the nature of our tours and the limited number of equipment we will only provide refunds for tours cancelled at least 48 hours in advance on a case by case basis. No shows, cancellations for weather or late cancellations will not recieve a refund.

What should I bring?

Make sure you bring clothing and shoes with you that you are ok with GETTING WET!

The Bridge Building is a close walk from the pick up location and bathroom facilities are available there but not always accessible…So come dressed and ready to go!

It is best to wear some sunscreen (we have some extra if you forget), hat and sunglasses. Water shoes are recommended but any beach shoes will work.

Large groups, hangouts and team building exercises

Big Willie’s loves large groups! The more the merrier!

A 10% discount is automatically applied at checkout for parties of 6 or more. Large group outings, birthday parties, corporate events and team building exercises are welcome and encouraged!

For special scheduling out of normal tour times or large parties please contact us below.