Welcome to the June 4th, 2022 Tallapoosa River Fest

 

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

Registration Fee - $40 (non-refundable)

To learn details of the paddle, click on tabs below to expand tab and read.

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. 

A printable PDF version of the above information is in the "Details" tab below.

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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.