Floating down a peaceful river is a great way to spend a day in northeastern Alabama. Flint River, located in eastern Madison County, is one of the finest places in Alabama to canoe down a scenic river.
Historic river setting
The Flint River flows through many historic areas of Madison County. Stone pillars from an historic railroad bridge still adorn the river just south of Winchester Road. The stone pillars from the original Ryland Pike bridge reside just south of the current bridge. The oldest church in Alabama is located just west of the Ryland Pike bridge. The historic town of Gurley is just east of the river on U.S. Highway 72.
Canoe launch locations
Canoes can be launched at multiple locations along the Flint River. The known canoe landing locations are Patterson Road (Walelia canoe landing), U.S. Highway 72 (Talado canoe landing), and Hobbs Island Road (Chickasaw canoe landing). Additional access points are the Brier Fork Bridge (on Riverton Road at Winchester Road), Little Cove Road bridge, and the U.S. Hwy. 431 bridge.
There are several outfitters that offer organized canoe trips on the Flint River. These include North Alabama Canoe and Kayak (NACK) for northern Flint River excursions, and Hampton Cove Kayak Adventures for the southern Flint River excursions.
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