There are only two main places for whitewater paddling near Birmingham, but both will guarantee an unforgettable adventure.
For the serious adventurer with the skills and equipment to tackle a Class V, Little River Canyon is one of the best destinations in the state. The whitewater here is considered the premier run in Alabama with 3 distinct sections each offering up high-quality Class IV-V rapids. For another gorgeous whitewater paddling trip, try the Sipsey River, its waterflow cutting through the layers of sandstone that make up the Brindley Mountain plateau. Paddle this area shortly after a major rainfall and you quickly understand the nickname, “Land of 1000 Waterfalls.” This is the only river in Alabama to have the federal “Wild and Scenic” designation. Steep cliffs on either bank contribute to the sense of solitude and provide striking scenery and hundreds of places to beach your canoe and explore on foot.