Having paddled the Etowah River in August of 2013, I was excited to learn that if I were to follow the same water way for another 686 miles, I would wind up in the Gulf of Mexico! The Alabama Scenic River Trail is recognized as the American’s longest one-state river trail. It runs 631 miles from norther Alabama into the Gulf of Mexico in Mobile, AL. The Etowah River meets the Oostanaula River, to form the Coosa River, which eventually leads to the Alabama River.
The Core trail’s recognized starting point is at the Alabama State line, but if you start only a few hundred miles earlier in Dahlonega, GA you will have paddled somewhere close to 850 miles. I can still recall the feeling of accomplishment when we reached the Coosa River back in August. I can only imagine the feeling of emptying into gulf, having paddled almost the entire length of the state of Alabama. If you want more information on the trail or those who have completed it check out the Alabama Scenic River Trail‘s website.