A grand float trip if there ever was one, the Tallapoosa is a wide, deep river for the most part, but then comes Griffin Shoals: 1.5 miles of swift water through granite rocks and down 2- to 4-foot drops and ledges. The trip culminates through the peaceful and historic Horseshoe Bend National Military Park. This trip can be made into a nice overnight. The Tallapoosa River is a major player in the Mobile River Basin, beginning in Georgia and flowing some 270 miles to join the Alabama River near Montgomery.
Although the river has been dammed in a few places (Thurlow the most notable, with a great 1.5-mile Class IV white water run), the river still supports more than 40 species of fish, 33 types of mussels, and 110 species of snails, many only found here and nowhere else in the world. The residents along the river are currently waging a battle with the state of Georgia in what has been called The Water War. The state wants to build a dam in Haralson County, Georgia, which would threaten several species of fish, crayfish, and snails that are currently on the endangered species list.
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