The Alabama Scenic River Trail officially opens June 6 with a celebration featuring a flotilla of boats at Montgomery’s downtown Riverwalk. After the 11 a.m. grand opening and ribbon-cutting,boaters will paddle 5 miles down the Alabama River to Cooter’s Pond in Prattville. For more details on the opening and a list of guided trips available visit www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com.
From the feature article “Enjoy the view as you paddle along state’s
Scenic River Trail” by Robyn Bradley Litchfield in the Montgomery
Maybe you’ve seen just about all Alabama has to offer — or at least
think you have. This summer, see even more while paddling down the new
Alabama Scenic River Trail. Stretching from Oceola to the Gulf of
Mexico, the 631-mile route officially opens June 6 with a celebration
in the Montgomery area, but there are guided trips planned from mid-May
“It’s a great way to see historic sights and beautiful scenery, some
you can only see from the river,” said Grey Brennan of the Alabama
Tourism Department. And he expects the river trail — the longest river
trail in a single state — to be popular among Alabama’s outdoors
enthusiasts as well as out-of-state adventure seekers.
Avid paddler Fred Couch of Anniston is behind the river trail idea and
serves as the president of the volunteer-based Alabama Scenic River
Trail Association. Depending on what section they take, travelers can
see the white cliffs looming over the Alabama River about 25 miles
downstream from Selma, experience the locks at U.S. Army Corps of
Engineers dams and maybe find a fossil or two along the way. Couch said
there is something to see and learn along every mile of the river
trail. And the association’s Web site has information on renting
canoes, kayaks and other types of equipment people might need.
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