Alabama is a wonderful place to go kayaking. There are many different rivers, streams and large water areas to practice the skill. Some are quiet areas where technique can be perfected, while others are where your technique must already be perfected.
Alabama Scenic River Trail
There is a new river trail along the waters of Alabama. It starts at the Georgia state line and flows through seven rivers and two creeks. It also flows throug nine lakes to reach its final destination at Fort Morgan. All of these water locations are places where you can go kayaking. However, they have been designated recently as the Alabama Scenic River Trail. It is considered the longest water trail in any one state within the United States. It goes through wildlife preserves, along cliffs and through the Delta. It also takes a short trip out into Mobile Bay.
Gulf of Mexico
The Alabama coast is on the Gulf of Mexico. These waters are usually relatively calm, and you can wait out a good distance without ever going above your waist. It is a wonderful place to practice ocean kayaking or improve technique against more gentle waves.
Bartram Canoe Trail
The Bartram Canoe Trail runs through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta. The Delta is around 300,000 acres of marsh, lakes, rivers and bayous. It is the sixth largest estuarine in the United States, and it's considered to have national significance. There are maps and trail markers to help them navigate the area due to its immense size. It is around 30 miles from the Gulf of Mexico, and it's 50 miles long.
If not paying attention, it's easy to get lost or turned around on this canoe trail. It's not a place you want to be after dark. There is plenty of wildlife to see while kayaking this area, but it should never be traveled alone.
Article Written By Keith Dooley
Keith Dooley has a degree in outdoor education and sports management. He has worked as an assistant athletic director, head coach and assistant coach in various sports including football, softball and golf. Dooley has worked for various websites in the past, contributing instructional articles on a wide variety of topics.