Kayaking is a fun way to be in nature and get some exercise at the same time. Check out all the kayaking opportunities in north Alabama.
The Lower Bear Creek Canoe Trail is the lower portion of Bear Creek at Red Bay down to Pickwick Lake. This 35-mile stretch offers a serene trip, except in flood stage, and is suited for the beginning canoeist. Canoeing on Bear Creek is enjoyable at any time of the year, but May to October is the most popular season. The water level is normally low during the summer and fall. (photo by Emily Mays)
A class 1 stream, with towering bluffs, untouched forest and rolling meadows. The route begins at Elkmont just west of I-65 at Exit 361. It is 21.9 miles along scenic Elk River with five easy in-and-out points. Elk River water levels are TVA Dam controlled, which means good canoeing even during dry summers.
TAS is your enthusiastic guide to outdoor activities on Lookout Mountain (DeKalb County/Ft. Payne) providing outdoor gear, rock climbing, rappelling, camping, canoeing, kayaks, snacks, guided trips, lessons and team building. Jet skis are also available to rent to travel around the Lookout Mountain attractions. Accommodations on property. TAS offers rappelling, canoeing, kayaking, rock climbing, caving, hiking-day or night, camping, zip lines, jet skiing, backpacking, and treasure hunts. They also offer guided trips in the Little River Canyon area, Cherokee Rock Village, Manitou Cave, Weiss Lake, DeSoto Falls, Yellow Creek, and Johnnies Creek.
Cherokee Kayak Trail
The Cherokee Kayak Trail is on Bear Creek in Cherokee. The put in point is at Bishop Bridge and take out at the steel bridge on Buddy Durham Rd. The trail is 8.1 miles. The outfitter is Cherokee Parks and Recreation. They charge $30 for a single kayak, $40 for a tandem, and $10.00 for transport if you own your own kayak.