Two unspoiled rivers in northern Alabama supply nature lovers quiet alternatives to get pleasure from fishing, paddling, and birding. The Flint River and the Paint Rock River are two of the final free flowing tributaries of the Tennessee River basin within the northern a part of the state. But in contrast to the Tennessee River and its 4 fashionable TVA impounded lakes, the Flint and the Paint Rock rivers are comparatively unknown and uncrowded. Outdoor fans can get pleasure from leisure actions whereas having the waters just about to themselves.
The Flint River headwaters start in southern Tennessee and circulate south into Madison County, Alabama north of Huntsville. The Flint, with its two fundamental tributaries- Brier Fork and Mountain Fork, meanders for greater than 65 miles earlier than becoming a member of the Tennessee River. Development alongside the river is minimal, and anglers will get pleasure from glorious fishing. They will discover noticed bass, largemouth bass, rock bass, channel catfish, and longear sunfish among the many fish species within the Flint River. The higher part of the river is appropriate for each wading and fishing from canoes. The part beneath Hwy 431 is great for float fishing in flat backside boats.
The decrease sections of river are fulfilling for canoeing and kayaking. River depth is mostly 2-5 toes with some small Class I rapids. Paddlers might encounter some fallen timber. Good locations to place in/take out are at river crossings alongside Hwy 72E, Hwy 431S, Old Hwy 431, Cloud Cove Road, and Hobbs Island Road. There aren’t any amenities alongside the river.
Walkers can benefit from the Flint River Greenway in Madison County close to Owens Cross Roads. The 1.eight mile paved path runs by way of Hays Nature Preserve. The path connects on the northern finish with Big Cove Creek Greenway, which continues one other three miles north. Trail customers might spot wildlife together with deer, rabbits, and quite a lot of birds. A pedestrian bridge over the river supplies scenic views. Parking is obtainable at every finish of the greenway, off Hwy 431 and Old Hwy 431.
The pristine Paint Rock River flows from southern Tennessee’s Cumberland Plateau south by way of Jackson, Marshall, and Madison counties in Alabama. It empties into the Tennessee River beneath Guntersville Dam. The river is basically undeveloped, with one of the best water entry factors at county street bridge right-of-ways. The river is dwelling to a various number of aquatic life together with 100 species of fish and 12 species of uncommon mussels. The Alabama lampmussel and the pale Lilliput mussel are solely discovered within the Paint Rock River.
For those that get pleasure from birding, the Roy B. Whitaker Paint Rock River Preserve is one in all 50 stops alongside the North Alabama Birding Trail. The Nature Conservancy maintains the protect, situated off US Hwy 72 between the cities of Gurley and Paint Rock. Birders could also be rewarded with sightings of grasshopper sparrows and scissor-tailed flycatchers within the grassland or great-crested flycatchers and redeyed vireos which nest within the woodlands. Spring and fall migrations convey different sorts of birds to the world. Admission to the protect is free.
Two outfitters within the space present rental boats and shuttle service. North Alabama Canoe and Kayak in Huntsville rents canoes and kayaks by reservation on the Flint River. Float journeys of 1.5, 3, and 4.5 hours can be found. Rates are $45 per individual for single boats and $35 per individual for double boats, which incorporates paddles, private flotation machine, and shuttle. Tubes hire for $20 per individual. Shuttle service for these with their very own boats is $15 per individual. Alabama Eco Adventures will hire canoes for $50 per day and kayaks for $35-45 per day on each rivers. Shuttle service is obtainable.