June 5th, 2021

Join us on June 5th, 2021 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.

Registration Fee - $30 (non-refundable) Registration is now open. Registration cut off is May 20th or 125 paddlers registered (whichever happens first).

Details about the float are listed in the "logistics" tab below.

Please complete the registration to secure your spot on the float.

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. 


  • Please review, sign, and return the waiver to
  • Please observe CDC guidelines for Alabama
  • Masks are required on shuttles to and from the boat ramps.
  • For ages 12 years old and up
  • Please, no novice paddlers
  • Additional information is in the logistics tab below.


You will need your own canoe/kayak. If you do not have a canoe or kayak, Off the Beaten Path can take care of your Canoe or Kayak rental needs. They have a limited amount so please contact them soon to reserve yours.
Contact them by clicking
the logo below.


Please plan to meet at the Kylee Cooper Farms venue to check in. We will shuttle your canoe/kayak and you to the put in location.
Kylee Cooper Farms
1015 Freeman Rd
Dadeville, Alabama 36853

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.