Pea River

Geneva, Alabama

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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 perfect for spending an afternoon. The banks are lined with beautiful cypress, beech, and sweet gum trees, plus a wide variety of wildflowers that bloom throughout the year. The Pea River is aptly named. For the most part, its color is a deep pea green, caused mostly by the thick moss and algae growth beneath the surface. The Pea begins far north of here in Bullock County near Union Springs, Alabama. From here, it widens as it flows freely to the town of Geneva (just east of this trip), where it joins with the Choctawhatchee River and eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Overall this is a moderate-flowing river that requires only a minimum amount of paddling to get to where you’re going. You’ll find yourself easily averaging 2 miles an hour. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and relax, catch lunch, or maybe take a swim from one of the many sandbars along the way.

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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 perfect for spending an afternoon. The banks are lined with beautiful cypress, beech, and sweet gum trees, plus a wide variety of wildflowers that bloom throughout the year. The Pea River is aptly named. For the most part, its color is a deep pea green, caused mostly by the thick moss and algae growth beneath the surface.

The Pea begins far north of here in Bullock County near Union Springs, Alabama. From here, it widens as it flows freely to the town of Geneva (just east of this trip), where it joins with the Choctawhatchee River and eventually flows into the Gulf of Mexico. Overall this is a moderate-flowing river that requires only a minimum amount of paddling to get to where you’re going. You’ll find yourself easily averaging 2 miles an hour. There are plenty of opportunities to stop and relax, catch lunch, or maybe take a swim from one of the many sandbars along the way."

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Geneva
Distance: 11.6
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 6 hours
Class: Class I
Season: Year-round, but can be low in late summer
Local Contacts: Choctawhatchee, Pea, and Yellow Rivers Watershed Management Authority (CPYRWMA)
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS Hobbs Crossroads, Samson, Darlington
Driving Directions: Directions to Pea River

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May 2018