Flint River

Huntsville, Alabama

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The Flint River runs almost exactly 50 miles, with its headwaters beginning in Tennessee around David Crockett Highway and emptying into the Tennessee River in Madison County, Alabama. The river’s water may be clear or muddy, depending on recent rainfall amounts. Generally its depth ranges from 2 to 5 feet, and its width averages about 40 feet (ranging from about 15 to 150 feet in places). The banks are muddy, with abundant green foliage, including parrotfeather, pondweed, and riverweed. Hunstville was once known as the “Watercress Capital of the World.” It lost that primary “distinction” in 1958, when a group of German scientists launched Explorer I, America’s first Earth-orbiting satellite, here. Huntsville then became “Rocket City.” As you float this stretch of river, you probably won’t notice watercress, but be assured it is there, just off the banks.

Flint River Professional Review and Guide

"The Flint River runs almost exactly 50 miles, with its headwaters beginning in Tennessee around David Crockett Highway and emptying into the Tennessee River in Madison County, Alabama. The river’s water may be clear or muddy, depending on recent rainfall amounts. Generally its depth ranges from 2 to 5 feet, and its width averages about 40 feet (ranging from about 15 to 150 feet in places).

The banks are muddy, with abundant green foliage, including parrotfeather, pondweed, and riverweed. Hunstville was once known as the “Watercress Capital of the World.” It lost that primary “distinction” in 1958, when a group of German scientists launched Explorer I, America’s first Earth-orbiting satellite, here. Huntsville then became “Rocket City.” As you float this stretch of river, you probably won’t notice watercress, but be assured it is there, just off the banks."

Activity Type: Whitewater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Huntsville
Distance: 5.4
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Best in winter and spring, but may be run at other times after rains
Local Maps: DeLorme Atlas and Gazetteer; USGS New Market, Maysville
Driving Directions: Directions to Flint River

Recent Trail Reviews

6/28/2010
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This little river is great and clean! I wonder if anyone has seen alligators in this river or the creeks coming into it??? Some gators were seen in a creek in Decatur, AL sooooo be on the lookout for them here!


5/18/2006
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This section of the Flint was perfect for our first trip as a group with both experienced and inexperienced kayakers. The river moves at a comfortable pace with some moments of fast water. The development along the river is minimal allowing for the wild river feel. There were a couple of nice places to go ashore for lunch or explore. The put-in was very nice and about a 20 minute shuttle time to the take-out. The take-out was closed, but we were able to find a parking place nearby and bring the trailer "cross-country" with my Toyota Camry down to the river for extraction. I'd like to do this trip again with a little more time to explore. One of our members had to get back in time for work earlier than planned this time. Some people were doing the run upriver from where we put in. Maybe we can check that out.



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May 2018