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Alabama whitewater, Kirby Creek

Jackson county, Rock City to South Sauty Creek section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS II-III     2.4 miles
  The beautiful scenery of Alabama and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream are reasons enough to come here and paddle. The Rock City to South Sauty Creek stretch of Kirby Creek in Alabama is 2.4 miles long and has been rated as a class II-III section by American Whitewater. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alabama are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. The
    nearby hotels are a bit away from the river, but you'd better reserve in advance because these hotels fill up quick. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way there are lots
of good spots for that around here. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. This section is quite short so you'll have to walk back to the start over and over. The starting location is a reasonable drive from Scottsboro, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page. Great exercise and just being out on the river for a while are great reasons to come. This is one of a small number of paddling  
stretches in this river system, there are a few others too.

Briefly about the general area:
You're sure to come across some friendly folks from Fyffe here. A fine site like Buck's Pocket State Park right next door to Kirby Creek is too fine to leave out. Kirby Creek mostly gets a lot of rain. All through the month of March you get the most rain around here while October is frequently the driest month. At Kirby Creek throughout the summertime months highs are in the 90's. For the period of the dark hours of summer temperatures descend down into the 60's. High temperatures during the wintertime are normally in the 40's, and after the sun is down through the wintertime temperatures at Kirby Creek dip into the 20's.

Kirby Creek, Rock City to South Sauty Creek 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 Kirby Creek.
 Whitewater Near Kirby Creek:
Stringer Creek, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class II(III) - 1 miles long (CR 38 to South Sauty Creek)
Kirby Creek, Jackson County, 1 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.4 miles long (Rock City to South Sauty Creek)
South Sauty Creek, Jackson/DeKalb County, 7 miles away
      Class IV-V - 1.2 miles long (Bucks Pocket to Guntersville Lake)
Blackoak Creek, DeKalb County, 8 miles away
      Class III-IV - 5 miles long (Rt. 227 to Town Creek)
Town Creek, Dekalb County, 8 miles away
      Class II(III) - 3.9 miles long (State Route 227 to High Falls)
Town Creek, Dekalb County, 10 miles away
      Class II-III(V) - 5.8 miles long (High Falls to Lake Guntersville)
Jones Creek, Jackson County, 11 miles away
      Class V+ - 7.29 miles long (Highway 71 to BSA camp)
Shoal Creek, Marshall County, 15 miles away
      Class III - 2.9 miles long (1st bridge to Double Bridges)
Dry Creek, Marshall County, 17 miles away
      Class IV-V - 2 miles long (CR 44 to Lake Guntersville)
Bear Creek, Dekalb County, 17 miles away
      Class II-III+(IV) - 3.86 miles long (CR 78 to Canyon Rim Road)
 Marinas Near Kirby Creek:
Mud Creek Marina, Hollywood , 14 miles away
Little Mountain Marina, Langston , 16 miles away
Clay Marina, Scottsboro , 19 miles away
 Hotels Near Kirby Creek:
Econo Lodge Scottsboro, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
Red Roof Inn & Suites Scottsboro, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn And Suites Scottsboro, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
Quality Inn Scottsboro, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
Hampton Inn - Suites Scottsboro, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Kirby Creek:
Buck's Pocket State Park, Groveoak, 7 miles away
Jackson County Park, Scottsboro, 8 miles away
Crawford RV Park, Scottsboro, 9 miles away
 Public Lands Near Kirby Creek:
Little River Canyon National Preserve, Fort Payne - AL , 18 miles away
Russell Cave National Monument, Bridgeport - AL , 29 miles away
Buck's Pocket State Park, Alabama , 7 miles away
Lake Guntersville State Park, Alabama , 16 miles away
Cathedral Caverns State Park, Alabama , 20 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Kirby Creek:
Broken Arrow, Scottsboro , 9 miles away
Goose Pond Colony, Scottsboro , 10 miles away
Rainsville Country Club, Rainsville , 11 miles away

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