Lower Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River

Cleveland, Alabama

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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 the mercy of the river. Aside from these two areas, and depending on the river level, this is a good learning river for supervised beginners and intermediates. Beautiful limestone bluffs accent the froth of the rapids. Alabama is truly blessed with some of the best rivers in the country, and one of the best in the state is the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River. The National Park Service uses cultural heritage, fisheries, scenic beauty, geological interest, historical significance, recreational value, and wildlife criteria to determine the rivers they feel represent the best in the country. The Locust has been placed in the top 2 percent of that list. To add to the accolades, American Rivers placed the river on its “Outstanding Rivers” list in 1991, and American Whitewater named it an outstanding white water river in 1990.

Lower Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River Professional Review and Guide

"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 the mercy of the river. Aside from these two areas, and depending on the river level, this is a good learning river for supervised beginners and intermediates. Beautiful limestone bluffs accent the froth of the rapids. Alabama is truly blessed with some of the best rivers in the country, and one of the best in the state is the Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River.

The National Park Service uses cultural heritage, fisheries, scenic beauty, geological interest, historical significance, recreational value, and wildlife criteria to determine the rivers they feel represent the best in the country. The Locust has been placed in the top 2 percent of that list. To add to the accolades, American Rivers placed the river on its “Outstanding Rivers” list in 1991, and American Whitewater named it an outstanding white water river in 1990."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Cleveland
Distance: 3.7
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 3 hours
Class: Class II-III
Season: Best in winter and spring, but may be run at other times after rains
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Blountsville, Cleveland
Driving Directions: Directions to Lower Locust Fork of the Black Warrior River

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