Big Escambia Creek

Flomaton, Alabama

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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 and gravel beaches. The rocks, which are actually hardened clay, give a moonlike landscape and very deep channels. The second half of the river becomes a float trip with deep pools. The Big Escambia, with its clear waters, is an interesting river with a split personality. The first half has plenty of shoals that border on Class I rapids (depending on the river flow). Those are fun for the whole family. The second half is a nice float trip to Flomaton. Generally the river is floatable all year, but watch the gauges, because it could get quite low in late summer and early fall. The first 6 miles of the Big Escambia are located within the Escambia Wildlife Management Area. Here a wide variety of birds and wildlife can be found, including woodpeckers, such as the red-cockaded, red-bellied, and pileated. The area is also rich in amphibious life, including dusky gopher frogs, Pine Barrens tree frogs, and assorted snakes.
Paddling Alabama

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Paddling Alabama

by Joe Cuhaj & Curt Burdick (Falcon Guides)

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 and gravel beaches. The rocks, which are actually hardened clay, give a moonlike landscape and very deep channels. The second half of the river becomes a float trip with deep pools. The Big Escambia, with its clear waters, is an interesting river with a split personality. The first half has plenty of shoals that border on Class I rapids (depending on the river flow).

Those are fun for the whole family. The second half is a nice float trip to Flomaton. Generally the river is floatable all year, but watch the gauges, because it could get quite low in late summer and early fall. The first 6 miles of the Big Escambia are located within the Escambia Wildlife Management Area. Here a wide variety of birds and wildlife can be found, including woodpeckers, such as the red-cockaded, red-bellied, and pileated. The area is also rich in amphibious life, including dusky gopher frogs, Pine Barrens tree frogs, and assorted snakes.

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Flomaton
Distance: 13.3
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 4 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round, but may be too low to run in summer months and watch for spring flooding
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Flomaton
Driving Directions: Directions to Big Escambia Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

9/21/2007
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this portion of water is very beautiful. great for families with small children. many large sandbars to picnic also. the alt take out point is no longer accessible to the general public!



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