Thursday, June 9, 2016

Paddle East Alabama

"Sometimes, you find yourself in the middle of nowhere, and sometimes, in the middle of nowhere, you find yourself."

Calhoun County is a haven for outdoor enthusiasts, including those who like to kayak and canoe. Spending time along the creeks and lakes is definitely one way to explore the East Alabama landscapes.

Neely Henry
This 11,000 acres is perfect for skiing, boating and fishing along Hwy 77 North. This area has public boat launches, picnic areas and fishing piers perfect for the whole family.

Terrapin Creek
Canoe or kayak down the beautiful Terrapin Creek, and take in scenery like you’ve never seen. Cool off in the spring fed water, and enjoy fun for the whole family.

Chocolocco Creek
Kayak down this creek or meet up with Floating Fun. Alabama’s ‘Premier Tube Trip’ with many tubes in stock, offers a floating fun trip down Choccolocco Creek, with a variety of rapids and a steady current to enjoy.
East Alabama

Coosa River
This tributary of the Alabama River is about 280 miles long, beginning in Rome, Georgia and ending just north of Montgomery. This river includes the sections of Lake Logan Martin, Neely Henry and Weiss Lake. Major cities located along the banks of the Coosa include: Gadsden, Rainbow City, Southside and more.

Weiss Lake

This 30,200 acre impoundment of the Coosa, Chattoga and Little Rivers offers 447 miles of shoreline. The popularity of this location is reflected in the fact that more out-of-state fishing licenses are issued here than any other location in Alabama.

Logan Martin
Beginning at the Neely Henry Dam, this lake continues south toward Pell City, and a majority of the lake traffic is between I-20 and the Logan Martin Dam, especially during the summer.

Little River Canyon
Located near Fort Payne, the Little River flows, for most of its length, atop Lookout Mountain in Northeast Alabama. These spectacular river and canyon systems are surrounded by Appalachian Plateau, forested uplands, waterfalls, streams, pools, boulders, and sandstone cliffs. As the deepest canyon in Alabama, the setting provides a variety of recreational activities. 

Loyd Owens Canoe Trail
Cleburne County
This trail meanders along the Tallapoosa River from the Georgia line to Highway 431.

Lake Wedowee
Randolph County
The Harris Reservoir, an 11,000 acre Alabama Power Lake with 270 miles of shoreline, is formed by the convergence of the Little and Big Tallapoosa Rivers between Wedowee and Lineville. The Flat Rock Park, a partially submerged granite outcrop that forms a natural beach, is home to bald eagles.

Lake Chinnabee
Clay County
Built in the late 1930s, Lake Chinnabee is home to the Chinnabee Silent Trail, a six mile, one way hiking trail that runs into the Pinhoti Trail. Nearby waterfalls include Devils Den, High Falls, and Cheaha Falls. 

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