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Float Down and Climb Up at Lake Martin

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Float Down and Climb Up at Lake Martin

Central Alabama (Lake Martin & Horseshoe Bend Area)

Bodies of Water to Explore

Tallapoosa River, Lake Martin

Best Season

Summer (Thursdays through Sundays)

Skill Level

Skill level not available

Paddles: 1 – no skill, desire to learn; 2 – moderate, knowledge needed; 3 – advanced, know whats up


6 miles boating down the Tallapoosa River
72 minutes/53.8 miles by car with Google Maps for planned route

Trip Duration

Overnight (2-day trip)

Recommended Put In & Take Out

Use Float Alabama for paddling trips (by appointment Thursday through Sunday)

Outfitters Nearby

No recommended outfitters

Trip Summary

An afternoon paddle down the Tallapoosa River is how this weekend begins. You’ll enjoy the natural beauty of one of the cleanest rivers in Alabama, followed by dinner lakeside at Kowaliga Restaurant. The next day hike to and climb up the Smith Mountain Fire Tower, after which you’ll be thirsty—and ready to listen to music and have lunch at Chuck’s Marina. A swim at Lake Martin Beach is the perfect way to finish off the weekend.

Trail Highlights

Day 1

  • Stop 1: Horseshoe Bend National Park
  • Stop 2: Kowaliga on Lake Martin for dinner

Day 2

  • Stop 3: Smith Mountain Fire Tower Trail
  • Stop 4: Chuck’s Marina for lunch
  • Stop 5: Lake Martin Beach

Side Ventures & Optional Activities to Add to Your Trip

  • History Exploration: Horseshoe Bend National Park Tour
  • Sunset & Landmark Viewing: Lake Martin Tours
  • Pontoon Rental for Lunch & Afternoon Lake Fun: Kowaliga Marina

Bonus Sightings

  • No recommendations

Non-Paddler Recommendations

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