Week-long paddle through Alabama's Black Belt
Selma to Millers Ferry, Alabama
Selma to Millers Ferry week-long paddle through Alabama's Black Belt
Join us on the Alabama Scenic River Trail for a whole week in the historic Black Belt counties along the Alabama River.
Read below how you can go in this trip free!
Registration begins in Selma at 4:00 pm on Friday at 1 Marina Drive, Selma, AL, 36701-6554. If you need to get in touch with one of the event organizers, call Jim Felder (256 426 0558) or Fred Couch (256 591 0437). These can also be your emergency numbers for anyone trying to reach you during the paddle.
Saturday, October 13. Day 1. Selma Marina to Six Mile Campground. Six miles.
8:00 Breakfast at Selma , pre-event checklists reviewed
9:00 Vehicle shuttle train departs for Millers Ferry
11:30 Drivers return from Millers Ferry to Selma after dropping off vehicles
12:00 Attend Riverfront Market Day in downtown Selma to enjoy food, music, fun and local arts and crafts
2:00 Transportation to Selma Marina
2:30 Sendoff from Selma Marina
6:30 arrive at Six Mile
Sunday, October 14. Day 2. Six Mile to Tills Landing. 11 miles.
8:00 Depart Six Mile Park campground
Mid-morning stopover at Little Miami Sandbar
11:00 Arrive for lunch at Old Cahawba Archaeological Park (Alabama’s first capital)
12:00 Tour of park by an expert guide. First 25 participants will ride in a tour wagon; bicycles available to next ten attendees.
2:00 Depart Old Cahaba Archaeological Park
5:00 Arrive Tills Landing, private ASRT campground
Monday, October 15. Day 3. Till Landing to Elm Bluff. 15 miles.
Lunch stop TBD
5:30 Arrive Elm Bluff
Tuesday, October 16. Day 4. Elm Bluff to Chilhatchee Creek. 10 miles.
9:00 Depart Elm Bluff
1:00 Lunch at Bogue Chitto Day Use Park
5:00 Arrive Chilhatchee Creek
6:00 Snack Shack supper
7:00 Story Telling – Linda Vice
Wednesday, October 17. Day 5. Chilhatchee Creek to Gees Bend Park. 13 miles.
9:00 Depart Chilhatchee Creek
12:00 Lunch at Bridgeport Landing Beach
5:00 Arrive Gees Bend 5:00 after time to explore backwaters
Thursday, October 18. Day 6. Gees Bend Park to Jones Landing. Four miles.
8:30 paddle to breakfast at Ferry Terminal, Gees Bend.
9:00 Presentation: Meet the famous Gees Bend Quilters.
10:00 Depart Gees Bend by Ferry for Camden Side. Transportation to Camden provided.
10:30 Visit Black Belt Treasures, shopping
12:00 Lunch at Miss Kitty’s
2:00 and lunch in Camden
2:30 Return to Gees Bend side by Ferry
3:00 Depart for Jones Landing
5:30 Arrive Jones Landing, private ASRT campground
Friday, October 19. Day 7. Jones Landing to Millers Ferry. 8 miles.9:00 Depart Jones Landing
4:00 Arrive Millers Ferry
6:00 Jason Haynes USACE Fish Fry, live music
Saturday, October 20. Depart (not an official day of the event)
All meals on-your own. Optional lock through of Millers Ferry Dam if water levels and US Army Corps of Engineers allow.
Locals are invited to day-paddle with us for free, plus a $5 fee that we have to pay the American Canoe Association to insure our event.
Except for the optional last night’s camp at Millers Ferry, all camping is primitive or semi-primitive, with water available at all stops. Hot showers will be available at all stops, either from a US Army Corps of Engineers campground or from our portable hot showers. All camping will be tent camping. Where flush toilets or Corps of Engineers chemical toilets are not available (one stop) we will provide portable toilets.
Daily mileage: 8 to 15 miles (with optional assistance on long days)
Meals: On your own with great meals included at Selma and Camden (see this site for the optional Food Track, with all meals catered or cooked on site).
Shuttle: There will be an opportunity between registration and launching on our first day to drive our vehicles in a group to secure parking at Millers Ferry Campground. Everyone poarticipating will be given a ride back. Cars will be waiting for you upon your arrival at journey's end. NOTE: if you miss this shuttle, you will have to make your own arrangement with another person in the group.
Gear: Gear will be hauled by boat from campsite to campsite.
Cost: $195 for ACA members plus $5.00 personal insurance component for non-members, $95 for children under 14, plus $5.00 personal insurance component for non-members. ASRT members save $15.00 on the event over non-members. Food Track meals $200.
Sign up three of your friends as paid participants, and get your own trip for free! No double dipping allowed—you can't use a recruited friend for more than one free pass. Doesn't apply to food track or anything extra you might want to do outside the official event.
Teachers and journalists may qualify for complimentary trips. Email email@example.com or call 256 426 0558.
What you should bring
ASRT will provide some spare paddles and first aid items and some water. A food plan is available; subscribers to the food plan will have food and water delivered to them each afternoon. Stoves and some cookware will be provided for communal use; campers are encouraged to bring camp stoves, cookware and cleanup supplies.
There are two things you need to do to register (maybe three, read on).
First, you need to pay. You can do that online at www.active.com or you can mail a check to
c/o Edgar and Associates
218 East 12th Street
Anniston Alabama 36207
Second, you need to download, print, fill out and send your forms (bring them if you register within a week of the event). There are two forms; one is the ASRT Event Form and the other is either an adult or a minor American Canoe Association form. Mail the completed forms to
799 Ashley Drive
Madison, AL 35758
or send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org with a note that you are bringing them to the event.
Third, if you are a member of the American Canoe Association, write your number on the ACA form (see above) and you're done. If you are not an ACA member, bring an extra $5.00 with you to the event to cover the additional insurance expense that is not included in your registration fee. This is explained in more detail in the event description, above, and on the registration page at active.com. This does not apply to minors (under 14) attending the event with a paying adult. The $5.00 ACA personal fee will be covered by the ASRT.
For more information or special requests, please contact Jim Felder
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This popular northeast Alabama float was the brainchild of Extension Agent Roger Vines who did so much to popularize paddling in Coosa County before his retirement a few months ago. The momentum behind his efforts still rolls on like the Hatchet, though, and an organization has sprung up to carry the good times forward. Help them with the participation they deserve for a great time on this fine piece of water.
The Hatchet Creek Festival is an organized 2-day float open to the public on a limited basis on Coosa County’s Hatchet Creek in partnership with the Alabama Scenic River Trail. The float begins at US-280 Hwy Hatchet Creek Bridge and ends at a take-out point approximately ¼ mile west of US-231 Hwy Bridge with camping at the Half-way Campsite.
Participants provide their own canoes/kayaks, camping gear/tents, and personal flotation equipment (required on the water). The Festival provides transportation from the take-out point to the start point, transport of the camping equipment to and from the camp site, safety paddlers, meals Saturday evening and Sunday breakfast, music entertainment on Saturday night, a Festival T-shirt for each participant and other amenities such as porta-potties, hand-washing stations, games, fishing etc.
The festival is a family oriented event – no alcohol or pets permitted. In the past two years the Festival has drawn 80+ participants with 60+ canoes/kayaks each year. The Festival is scheduled for May 30-31 and will hopefully allow a view of the blooming of the Cahaba Lilies that abound on the creek.
The event is partially sponsored by a grant from Central Alabama Electric Cooperative. There is a registration fee of $40 per person and is limited to the first 100 paddlers.
To register, please email email@example.com to request a registration form.