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Alabama whitewater, Black River

Etowah county, Noccalula Park campground to Tuscaloosa Avenue section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-V+     1.5 miles
  The starting location is a short drive from Gadsden, please print out a copy of the road map further down the page so you won’t get lost. The wonderful Etowah County scenery and the sparkling of the sunlight on the water attract people from near and far. This section of Black River is 1.5 miles long and is rated by American Whitewater as a class II-V+ section. And of course, there are campgrounds nearby. Since you're on this site you are
    probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this area has a large number of paddling rivers. Great exercise and spending some quality time in nature are great reasons to come. If you've been whitewater rafting
and kayaking outside Alabama you might find the rivers here a bit more challenging, so you'd better keep in mind that quite a few of the sections here are not easy. Lodging is available near the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. There are some good sections to paddle in this river system, the Noccalula Park campground to Tuscaloosa Avenue section is one of them.

Briefly about the general area:
Noccalula Falls is an inspiring location to explore while you're here; there are plenty of people from Gadsden here. The Brow is an interesting spot to visit while at Black River. For the period of the warm days of summer here at Black River, high temperatures regularly reach the 80's; the overnight is rather cooler of course, commonly in the 60's. Daytime highs through the winter are in the 40's with winter lows in the 20's overnight here at Black River. The high level of rain makes Black River a rather wet place. Most of the rain falls through March, and October on the other hand is the driest.

Black River, Noccalula Park campground to Tuscaloosa Avenue road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


Detailed Map

Stats for this river stretch

Local weather forecast

These outdoors activities are available near Black River.
 Whitewater Near Black River:
Black River, Etowah County, 1 miles away
      Class II-V+ - 1.5 miles long (Noccalula Park campground to Tuscaloosa Avenue)
Line Creek, Etowah County, 7 miles away
      Class III-IV - 2.9 miles long (Egypt Road to Littleton Road)
Short Creek, De Kalb County, 18 miles away
      Class II-III - 4.4 miles long (Route 75 to Hustleville Road)
Gulf Creek, -blank- County, 18 miles away
      Class V+ - 2.2 miles long (Loop Road to Beason Cove Road)
Whippoorwill Creek, Marshall County, 19 miles away
      Class II - 0.43 miles long (CR 532 to Double Bridges)
Scarham Creek, De Kalb County, 19 miles away
      Class III+(V) - 2.1 miles long (Double Bridges to Short Creek)
Shoal Creek, Marshall County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 2.9 miles long (1st bridge to Double Bridges)
Drum Creek, Marshall County, 20 miles away
      Class III - 0.85 miles long (Rice Mill Road to Short Creek)
Town Creek, Dekalb County, 20 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.9 miles long (State Route 227 to High Falls)
Short Creek, Marshall County, 20 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5.4 miles long (Highway 68 to Guntersville Lake)
 Marinas Near Black River:
Pine Cone Marina, Leesburg , 17 miles away
 Hotels Near Black River:
Hampton Inn Gadsden, Gadsden , 3 miles away
Rodeway Inn Gadsden, Gadsden , 3 miles away
Days Inn Attalla, Attalla , 3 miles away
Super 8 Gadsden AL, Gadsden , 4 miles away
Econo Lodge Gadsden, Gadsden , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Black River:
Noccalula Falls Campgrounds, Gadsden, 1 miles away
River Country Campground, Gadsden, 3 miles away
Lakeside Rv Park, Gadsden, 6 miles away
 Public Lands Near Black River:
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne - AL , 32 miles away
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 56 miles away
Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama , 24 miles away
Buck's Pocket State Park, Alabama , 25 miles away
Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama , 34 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Black River:
Twin Bridges Golf Club, Gadsden , 3 miles away
Coosa Bend Golf Club, Gadsden , 3 miles away
River Trace Golf Club, Gadsden , 3 miles away
 Lakes Near Black River
Goodyear Lake, Etowah , 3 miles away
Camp Sequoyah Lake, Etowah , 7 miles away
Crystal Springs Lake, Calhoun , 13 miles away

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