Scenic River Trail profiled in The Birmingham News

The new 631-mile Alabama Scenic River Trail – a boating route that stretches from the Coosa River in northeast Alabama to Fort Morgan on the Alabama Gulf Coast – has been designated a National Recreational Trail, and improvements are continuing along the route. The town of Ohatchee in Calhoun County and the city of Childersburg in Talladega County are both developing primitive campsites on public land along the river. Supporters of the trail also have purchased 12 buoys, paid for through a $3,000 grant from Alabama Power Co., to install near the portage sites along the trail.
 
The buoys will help canoers and kayakers find the trails that allow boaters to carry their boats around the six Alabama Power dams on the route. They hope to install the buoys in the coming months. In June, Secretary of the Interior Dirk Kempthorne designated the trail a National Recreational Trail. The Scenic River trail is billed as the nation’s longest one-state river trail.
 
From the article “Scenic River Trail wins designation” by Thomas Spencer in the July 22 edition of The Birmingham News. For the complete article see:  http://www.al.com/birminghamnews/stories/index.ssf?/base/news/1216714551263470.xml&coll=2

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