Alabama Scenic River Trail announces Tallapoosa River expansion
Alabama Scenic River Trail announces Tallapoosa River expansion


The Alabama Scenic River Trail – one of the nation’s longest river trails spanning 650 miles from northeast Alabama to the Gulf of Mexico – has added the Alabama portion of the Tallapoosa River.

Visit the new Tallapoosa section of this website http://www.alabamascenicrivertrail.com/pages/?pageID=134

This new 200-plus mile segment includes 13 primitive campsites donated by Alabama Power, including four portages allowing paddlers to walk their canoes or kayaks around the four Alabama Power dams on the Tallapoosa.

“The portages and the campsites open up probably the most spectacular part of the river as far as unencumbered, beautiful, stunning paddling,” said Jim Felder, executive director of the ASRT. 



“The portages and the campsites open up probably the most spectacular part of the river as far as unencumbered, beautiful, stunning paddling,” said Jim Felder, executive director of the ASRT. 

Click here to download a multipage PDF of satellite views of all four portages with detailed portage routes.

“It’s critical for paddlers to have campsites they can legally use, and this gives people a place to camp who otherwise would have no place to overnight while traversing the Tallapoosa,” said ASRT founder and president Fred Couch.

The expansion of the trail is seen as an economic development and tourism opportunity, said Shane Harris, Tallapoosa County coordinator for the Alabama Cooperative Extension System.

“Our goal is to create an informational brochure-map detailing these river trails and the different runs people can explore so when they do these trips, they will have more information and be safe,” Harris said.

“Bald eagles, deer, turkey, otters – they’re in abundance,” said Harold Banks, a 66-year-old veteran paddler from Dadeville who has travelled the entire Tallapoosa. “It’s a wilderness experience almost any stretch you choose to travel.”




Click the map above to  download a large-scale PDF of the same area showing detail that will be helpful to the paddler

View the youtube.com video that Alabama Power Company has prepared for this special announcement.


Tallapoosa broadens ASRT to more than 3,000 miles 

Felder said the Tallapoosa River is a microcosm of the ingredients that make Alabama rivers unique.

“The Tallapoosa River embodies some of the very best of all the aspects of the rivers of Alabama, including quality of water, quality of the experience, the beauty of the surroundings. The fact you can go so many miles through this very history-rich region and not see anything but eagles and fish is really spectacular,” Felder said.

Since its inception in 2008, ASRT officials have broadened the overall trail to include 3,000 miles of creeks and other water sources in Alabama. The ASRT has been designated a National Recreation Trail and one of several National Water Trails.

For more information on the Alabama Scenic River Trail, visit AlabamaScenicRiverTrail.com.