Experience Bell Witch Tanking on the Red River in Tennessee
Have y'all ever heard the story of the infamous Bell Witch? It's one of the most documented supernatural stories in American history dating back to the early 1800s. Mystery surrounds the tale of the Bell Family who experienced some pretty scary interactions with an unexplained entity while living on their farm along the Red River.
You can now tour the nearby cave which is on the National Historic Registry and appropriately known as The Bell Witch Cave. Exploring this beautiful natural wonder, you can learn about the Bell Family Hauntings and see some preserved artifacts from the former homestead where the terrifying events took place. The website where you can book tours warns that there is a chance you could experience a haunting of your own.
There is nothing spooky, however, about the other adventures that can be had on the Red River offering opportunities for some family-friendly fun in the sun. Bell Witch Tanking hosts outdoors enthusiasts for kayaking, canoeing, tubing, and of course, tanking.
Now, I have heard of folks making little pools for their backyards by filling these big ole cattle troughs with water, but I hadn't ever seen the tanks used as a flotation device on TOP of the water. Apparently, they make the perfect raft for a group of friends or families to travel along the scenic Red River.
Holding thousands of pounds, they are also very hard to capsize or tip over making them a great option for beginners or people who want to bring their kiddos or pets. Just sit back, relax, and go with the flow.
You can bring comfy camping chairs, and a cooler with snacks and drinks, heck, you could pack a deck of cards or a game to play as your crew floats on. There are spots to stop and have a picnic or get out and swim a little. Playing with super soakers sounds like so much fun too, just look at these fellas!
Reservations open on the Bell Witch Tanking website beginning March 1st, 2024, and weekends fill up fast as you can imagine. So set yourself a reminder and get a group together for when the weather warms up. They're just right outside of Nashville, so you could make a whole weekend trip out of it.
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