Paddling Alabama  by Joe Cuhaj & Curt Burdick

Paddling Alabama Guide Book

by Joe Cuhaj & Curt Burdick (Falcon Guides)
Paddling Alabama  by Joe Cuhaj & Curt Burdick
From the Appalachian highlands in the north to the Gulf Coast, Alabama offers paddling opportunities ranging from classic whitewater rapids to meandering rivers, quiet lakes, and saltwater estuaries. Join authors Joe Cuhaj and Curt Burdick for a statewide tour of Alabama's premier paddling destinations for the canoeist and kayaker. Each destination is described and mapped in detail, with information on put-in points and take-outs, water conditions, and flora and fauna. Sidebars and at-a-glance data highlight local history, seasonal attractions and cultural events, restaurants, paddlesports organizations, and much more. These trips will thrill experienced paddlers and novices alike.

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Trails from the "Paddling Alabama" Guide Book
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Displaying trails 1 to 20 of 29.

This trip is both scenic and exciting at times. The scenic portion is highlighted by scores of rocky bluffs, heavy woods, and a large, flat surface of boulders just before Factory Falls, where you can ...
Bear Creek, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.7
This is a gem of a trip with frequent shoals—one borders on a Class I rapid (and an 18 inch drop) in the first 6 miles. The river travels through several quarries. These provide long stretches of sand ...
Flomaton, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 13.3
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Borden Creek combines beautiful scenery with challenging paddling. The creek flows through beautiful rock bluffs—not as tall as the Sipsey, but just as impressive. Along the banks waterfalls can be he ...
Double Springs, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.9
The Choctawhatchee River features several streams that cascade down rock bluffs and channels, which make the trip very picturesque. The river flows through short 15-foot limestone bluffs that are beau ...
Enterprise, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4.1
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This is a great little float trip if you’re looking to hit a river for a quick one. Only 4 miles in length, this section of the Conecuh is a lazy trip through some beautiful scenery, including two wat ...
Andalusia, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 4
A fun white water trip if ever there was one. The water from Jordan Dam is regulated for recreational use during the summer months, providing deep water, but there’s plenty of white water, including t ...
Wetumpka, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.8
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This is a rocking little river at the right levels. The granite boulder-lined Elkahatchee features beautiful Class III rapids with some huge 4- and 5-foot drops and plenty of Class IIs that give you a ...
Alexander City, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 1.2
The Escatawpa is a swift-moving blackwater river with plenty of deep pools to swim in and beautiful white sandbars. The sandbars allow for overnight camping anywhere along the entire route. The river ...
Wilmer, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 12.1
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The Flint River runs almost exactly 50 miles, with its headwaters beginning in Tennessee around David Crockett Highway and emptying into the Tennessee River in Madison County, Alabama. The river’s wat ...
Huntsville, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 5.4
This section of Hatchet Creek is probably the best for canoeing. The optimum flow is between 500 and 600 cfs. At 300 we had to carry the canoe over rocks just a few times. Aside from that you can coun ...
Sylacauga, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 12.75
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This is a nice adventure trip through the marsh islands of the delta. Customize your route through the many inlets and islands. A wide variety of wildlife will be seen on this easy float through the s ...
Bay Minette, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 9.2
Beginners and intermediate paddlers love this river. The scenery is beautiful, with plenty of interesting rock formations lining many of the banks. In the spring a variety of wildflowers, including th ...
Montevallo, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 6.4
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Challenging? Very! An excellent white water run with some very difficult and technical rapids known as Double Trouble and House Rock. Beginners should portage around these two areas or they will be at ...
Cleveland, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.7
Mulberry Fork is a typical river for the region. That said, it has individual characteristics. As always, for all rivers in this region, the water’s level plays an important role in how the river will ...
Garden City, AL - Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 3.1
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The distinguishing features on this lazy float trip down the deep, wide Magnolia are not necessarily flora and fauna; however, the area does have more than its fair share. The first part of this trip ...
Foley, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 11.8
In the middle of the peninsula that forms the lower mouth of Mobile Bay, where the bay meets the Gulf of Mexico, lies the extraordinary Bon Secour National Wildlife Refuge. This is where you will find ...
Gulf Shores, AL - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7.7
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The Pea River is a beautiful and historic river float trip. Along this stretch of the river, you will float through beautiful stands of pine and hardwood trees, and by dozens of nice sand beaches perf ...
Geneva, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 11.6
The Perdido River demarcates the state line between Alabama and Florida. At the Barrineau Park put-in, the Perdido begins semi-swiftly and continues this way for about 10 miles, where the flow begins ...
Seminole, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 18
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This trip is not for the neophyte navigator. The twisting turns and countless off-shooting bayous and inlets have caused many boaters in this area to become confused and lost, prompting search-and-res ...
Bay Minette, AL - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - Trail Length: 11.5
Paddling the waters of the Gulf of Mexico offers a real change of scenery from the typical river trip. The view and the wildlife is striking to say the least, and the options for sea kayaking are unli ...
Dauphin Island, AL - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7.5
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