Perdido River Canoe Trail
A fun family friendly day or overnight paddling trip down one of the South's last "high quality free-flowing" blackwater rivers. This beautiful river winds past Atlantic white cedar bogs, countless inlets to explore, and amazing white sandbars where you can stop for lunch, take a swim, or camp overnight.
Destination Distance From Downtown
The river itself isn't difficult to paddle, its getting to the put-in and take-out that's the hard part over old logging roads that seem to all have the name "River Road".
Time To Complete
The trail is 13.5-miles long and not particularly swift unless you paddle it when the water is up plus you will find yourself lingering on the sandbars having a good time swimming and eating a snack
Spring and summer are the best times to paddle the Perdido. In the spring white water lilies bloom along side channels and ponds while white dogwood brighten the scenery. In the summer this is simply a great river to swim in. Remember, no lifeguards so swim at your own risk. Keep an eye on the weather. Many creeks and streams flow into the Perdido and after a good rain the river swells and floods the surrounding banks making it dangerous to paddle during these times.
On Leash Only
It is recommended to keep your dog on a leash because there are alligators in the river.
There is no fee to paddle or camp on any of the sand bars on the Alabama (west) side of the river. Four new trail shelters are also available free of charge but must be reserved. Visit Alabama's Forever Wild Land Trust online at http://www.outdooralabama.com/forever-wild-land-trust for contact information to make a reservation.