Go on a Whitewater Adventure in Sweet Home Alabama

May 2020

It’s officially summertime in Sweet Home Alabama, and there’s no better way to beat the heat than with a whitewater adventure. Luckily for you, Alabama has plenty of whitewater experiences all across the state. Although there are rapids for all levels of experience, we encourage everyone to follow the proper safety precautions on each whitewater adventure they embark on. Here are some of the best whitewater experiences in Alabama.

Little River Canyon

Little River Canyon
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The rushing waters of Little River Canyon are among the best whitewater paddling experiences in the state. The clear, turquoise waters cut through the land forming Class III, Class IV and Class V rapids. A majority of Little River flows atop a mountain, and it’s known for its magnificent water quality. The portion of the river located above the falls consists of Class III rapids. Below the falls, however, lies Class IV and Class V rapids that are only for the most experienced boaters. 

Sipsey River

Kayakers on the Sipsey River
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The clear, flowing water of the Sipsey River smoothly courses through beautiful sandstone canyons located throughout the Sipsey Wilderness. With just the slightest amount of rain, this course turns into a waterfall wonderland living up to the land’s name, the Land of 1000 Waterfalls. The clarity of the water makes it easy to navigate through large rocks and boulders, and the Class II rapids make it a manageable challenge for beginners. 

Locust Fork River

Covered Bridge located above Locust Fork

Rolling throughout the ridges of Alabama’s Valley and Ridge Province in the Blount County area lies the second longest free-flowing river in Alabama. Locust Fork River flows through sandstone bluffs and boulder-strewn rapids. Although it is not quite as daunting as the roaring waters of Little River Canyon, the upper part of the river contains Class III and Class IV rapids that still present experienced whitewater kayakers with a challenge. Along with the rapids, visitors will encounter small waterfalls, covered bridges, rocky shelves and beautiful scenery.

Cahaba River

Cahaba River
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The Cahaba River is the longest free-flowing river in Alabama. Located just minutes from some of Alabama’s most populated areas, the multiple trails around the Cahaba are very easy to reach.The natural oasis consists of public access points, trails and roads, so accessing the river is not a hassle. The Cahaba River consists of smooth water in some areas and Class III rapids in others.

Chattahoochee River


Go on a ride through the frothy white rapids of the Chattahoochee River in Phenix City, AL. This river is home to the longest urban-whitewater run in the world.The rapids range from Class II to Class IV and provide a fun and exciting trip for all whitewater enthusiasts. With over 2.5 miles of rushing waters, people can enjoy all types of river activities including rafting, kayaking, paddle boarding and canoeing.

These excellent locations not only allow you to experience unique and breathtakingly beautiful destinations, they also allow you to make memories of a lifetime. Which Alabama whitewater adventure are you trying first? 

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