Alabama Scenic River Trail (AL)
Length: 641 miles
Where: Coosa and Alabama Rivers to the Gulf of Mexico
Accomodations: Primitive campsites and campgrounds with amenities along the entire route.
Alabama’s great new river trail is the longest water trail in any single state of the country, beginning at the Georgia state line and winding its way across nine beautiful lakes, with scenery ranging from magnificent wildlife preserves and steep stone cliffs to the tranquil beauty of the secluded creeks of the Delta region—the second largest delta in the US. The Trail follows seven rivers and two creeks through a wide variety of types of paddling and scenery. After passing through the Delta, the route follows the eastern shore of Mobile Bay, ending at historic Ft. Morgan.
Day trips, historic destinations, semi-supported group paddles, overnight trips and extended paddling adventures are to be found along the Coosa and Alabama Rivers and through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. For those inclined to meet a personal challenge, try the entire length or significant portions. There’s no better way to get so close to nature and no better state for nature’s awesome beauty.
The Trail passes many points of historic interest, all of which are described in Trail Guides that are available. These guides include information on all aspects of the Trail.
The route, suitable for every kind of craft from canoes and kayaks to powerboats, begins in the mountainous terrain of northeastern Alabama, flows through beautiful scenery in nine lakes, through the serenity of the second largest river delta in the United States, through Mobile Bay, terminating at historic Ft. Morgan.
Breakdown of Select Sections:
The Piedmont Section
Is a 115 mile, semi-wilderness, paddling trip for beginners to advanced paddlers from near Rome, Georgia to Gadsden, Alabama. There are 4 primitive campsites and 3 campgrounds with amenities along the route.
The Heritage Section:
Is a 120 mile, semi-wilderness, paddling section for beginners to advanced paddlers from Wetumpka to Cahawba, Alabama. The trip incorporates parts of the Alabama Scenic River Trail's Central and River Heritage sections. There are 7 primitive campsites and 6 campgrounds with amenities along the route.
The Delta Section:
Is a 100 mile, wilderness, paddle for experienced to advanced paddlers that flows from Dixie Landing to Mobile, Alabama. There are 4 primitive campsites along the way.
Dams & Portages
For the canoeist and kayaker, there are easy stretches with numerous well-maintained campsites. The Alabama Power Company has designed portages around all six of their dams and the US Army Corps of Engineers has developed portages for those who do not want to experience the easy descent in the mammoth locks at their three dams.
In the six lakes of Alabama Power Company, portages are marked by a buoy in the water at the beginning of each. These buoys may be identified as being 24 inches high, white, with a square on the side containing the image of a kayak.
At the three US Army Corps of Engineers damsites, the portages are marked with several such buoys upstream of each optional portage (these three dams have locks that the boater is welcome to use as an alternative to the portage at each dam).
Alabama Scenic River Trail
P.O. Box 182
Choccolocco, AL 36254
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