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Terrapin Creek - Kayak Trip / Canoe Trip

Report Type: Day Trip Report
Trip Dates: March 20, 2011
Nearest City: Piedmont, AL
Difficulty: Easy

Description:

We paddled Terrapin Creek upper float from Frank Stewart Bridge to Roberts Bend (below Terrapin Outdoor Center). The water flowed about 300 cfs and was just moving enough to make the trip interesting.

The crystal clear water and surrounding scenery make Terrapin Creek a must-float for novice and experienced paddlers as well. We shuttle our own boats but the nice folks at Terrapin Outdoor Center provide rentals and shuttle service for a fee.

Near the end of the upper float, there is a tremendous set of springs called Seven Springs that is just eternally bubbling with icy cold water, safe to drink. The lower float below Terrapin Outdoor Center is closer to roads and periodic houses and is a safer float for novices or groups with small children since the upper is isolated and without cell service.

Bring sunscreen, snacks, camera. There are turtles, fish, water fowl, and snakes so be aware that you are in their habitat. There have never been any wildlife related injuries on this creek.

We're on the creek nearly every weekend...hope to see you there.

Accommodations:

Terrapin Outdoor Center has every conceivable canoe/kayak boats and equipment in their large boat barn. There are bathrooms/changing areas. In season, there are apple trees and blueberries for snacking. We've met people from literally all over the U.S. there.

Fees:

Rental and shuttle fees outlined on Terrapin Outdoor Center website. Everyone signs the traditional "If you get hurt or killed, it's not our fault" waiver.

Directions:

From Piedmont, turn onto Hwy 9 toward Centre, AL. Drive approximately 6-7 miles. Turn right onto County Road 175 - the sign is visible as you make the turn. Drive until you see two uprighted yellow kayaks on the left - turn in, you're there.

From Centre, AL - take Hwy 9 toward Piedmont, approximately 10-12 miles. Turn left onto County 175 and turn left at the yellow kayaks.


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