May 16, 2020

Join us on May 16th, 2020 for a one day canoe/kayak float down
beautiful Tallapoosa River in Tallapoosa County.

Trip registration fee includes equipment shuttle to put in and take out locations, paddler shuttle to put in and take out locations, cookout, and participant T-shirt...along with some give-a-ways.

For ages 12 years old and up. Please, no novice paddlers for this event. You will need your own canoe or kayak for this trip. If you do not have your own canoe or kayak, please contact Off the Beaten Path Alabama Canoe/Kayak

Registration Fee - $30 (non-refundable) due on or before April 30th, 2020.

Limited capacity - registration will be closed when full (maximum 125).

Details about the float are listed in the "logistics" tab below. You will need to complete the registration to secure your spot in the float. You will need to complete the waiver in order to participate. Once the waiver is complete you may email it back to or contact Sandra Fuller at 256-825-1622 for other provisions or questions.

The float will begin at Horseshoe Bend ramp and end at Jay Bird ramp. A description of the float is below in the "Harold Banks Canoe Trail" section. 

We are still planning to have the float on May 16th. Any changes in the decision will be made mid April.

Welcome to the Harold Banks Canoe Trail!

A peaceful, family friendly adventure, the trail is a combination of flat water and shoals. The Tallapoosa flows through stretches of lush countryside that help preserve its natural beauty and solitude.  

This 6 mile journey is the most popular and considered by many to be the most scenic of the 3 trails on the Tallapoosa. It begins at Horseshoe Bend Bridge and ends at Jay Bird Creek. This section has several patches of Shoal or Cahaba lilies, is known to have bald eagles in the area, and features Peters Island, Laura's Leap, side chutes, Irwin Shoals, and a campsite at jay Bird Creek. Bear left or right to take the swift side chutes for more excitement!

The Tallapoosa is so unique that the Alabama section has been designated a part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.

Harold Banks is a man of many talents – historian, forester, storyteller, explorer, and outdoorsman. But in Tallapoosa County, he is best known for his red canoe and his expertise on the river. In 2009, he became the first person to solo paddle the entire 258 miles of the Tallapoosa River from its origins in Paulding County, Georgia, to its end at Fort Toulouse near Wetumpka, Alabama. In 2015, the 25-mile stretch of the river located in Tallapoosa and Chambers Counties and cherished by Harold was named in his honor. He resides in Dadeville, Alabama.