Canoes are lightweight narrow water vessels, pointed typical at both ends with an open top and a paddler or two propelling it. They normally are using a paddle each which has one blade while they face the direction they are traveling towards. These are used professionally to transport materials and people all around the world with other countries referring to it as kayak.
They are widely used also for general recreation, freestyle, whitewater canoeing, pleasure racing, and touring and camping. If you want to experience the latter, then find companies offering Nashville canoe trips and choose one that you like. They may over private tours if you already have a lot of companions or else you would be joined by other campers as well.
Canoes are historically made from dugouts or bark with a wood frame but construction materials has evolved into wooden frame and aluminum then. Modern ones though are mostly made from molded plastic or fiberglass and other composites. They could be adapted to several purposes like adding outriggers, outboard motors and sails.
Touring canoes in North America are tracking boats food for large rivers and wind blown lakes while the tripping ones just have larger capacity. This is due to them being used for wilderness travel and designed usually with more rocker to have better maneuverability in whitewater rivers. This will still require the canoeist to be skillful in windy open waters while lightly loaded.
The former is normally made from lighter materials and crafted for cargo space and comfort while the latter is generally created from tougher and heavier materials. Touring ones are sometimes covered with greatly extended deck which forms a cockpit for paddlers. The advantage of having this is that gunwales could be created narrower and lower to easily reach water while keeping your boat dryer.
You may find companies offering trips or tours by renting their canoe and with or without a guide to accompany you during the activity. Use the internet when finding for them and specify in the search box the name of the location you want to travel. Doing this excludes those that are far from you or your planned destination.
You can even request for some recommendations from your colleagues, friends and relatives, and specially those who have tried this before. Knowing their personal experience, including their insights about it, is very helpful in narrowing down your choices on which company to choose. They might even give you some advice on what to do, bring and avoid during the trip.
Get to know more the company by visiting some review sites where you could read the experiences of other people. Their reviews will include the reasons they prefer their services over the others they have tried before. Or maybe the service was really good the first and following times they went there so they did not try anything else.
Inquire how much is their rental rate and the cost for having a professional guide accompany you. Having a companion familiar in the area you are going is important. They would help you avoid being lost and ensure you come back safely.