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Thousands of people depend on the Black Warrior River for recreational opportunities as well as drinking water. People fish, flyfish, swim, boat, kayak, canoe, waterski, wakeboard and take advantage of many other recreational opportunities along the Black Warrior and its tributaries.

In Alabama, outdoor recreation generates $7.5 Billion in consumer spending, 86,000 direct Alabama jobs, $2.0 Billion in wages and salaries, and $494 Million in state and local tax revenue. Throughout our great nation, outdoor recreation creates 6.1 million American jobs. $646 billion in outdoor recreation spending each year. $39.9 billion in federal tax revenue. $39.7 billion in state/local tax revenue. (Source: Outdoor Industry Association’s 2012 Report).

Click here to visit Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s webpage about fishing in the Black Warrior River watershed.

Boating Magazine called the Black Warrior one of America’s best kept secrets for boating. Click here to visit Black Warrior Riverkeeper’s webpage about boating in the Black Warrior River watershed.

The Black Warrior’s Locust and Mulberry Forks provide excellent whitewater paddling opportunities, including the Alabama Cup Canoe and Kayak Races. The Friends of the Locust Fork River published a list of River Access Resources in Blount County in 2022. Paddling is also popular in some smaller creeks, such as Five Mile Creek in Jefferson County, home of Five Mile Creek Canoe & Company. Visit the Alabama Whitewater website for more paddling information, and contact the Birmingham Canoe Club if you have any questions.

In Tuscaloosa, the Black Warrior River has been the site of the Black Warrior Triathlon in recent years, along with the U.S. Olympic Team Trials and the U.S. Collegiate Nationals. The Tuscaloosa News estimated that the April 19, 2008 contest would boost the local economy by $12 million, approximately the same amount as an Alabama home football game against Tennessee! The triathlons take place near the famous docks of The Bama Belle.

Many waterside areas are excellent destinations for walking, fishing, observing wildlife, and visiting historic sites, such as Moundville Archaeological Park, Bankhead National Forest, Hurricane Creek Park, Turkey Creek Nature Preserve, Talladega National Forest: Oakmulgee District and the Horton Mill Covered Bridge, the highest covered bridge above any U.S. waterway. Additionally, Alabama’s Forever Wild Program provides many recreational opportunities. Click here to learn more about Forever Wild.

Notice pollution while recreating? Report it to Black Warrior Riverkeeper:

Alabama’s Department of Tourism promotes some fantastic recreational opportunities:

Hiking Trails in the Black Warrior River watershed:

Bankhead National Forest & Sipsey Wilderness

Smith Lake Park

Clear Creek Bicycle Trail

Hurricane Creek Park (Cullman)

Duck River Recreation Trail Map

East Side Bike Trail Map

Palisades Park Nature Trails (Blount County)

Walker County Lake Hiking Trail

Rickwood Caverns State Park (3 Trails)

Fultondale Parks

Forever Wild (Tracts 7, 8, 9, & 11)

Ruffner Mountain Nature Preserve
Trail Map:

Turkey Creek Nature Preserve Trail Map

Red Rock Trail System

Outdoor Afro

Druid City Bicycle Club

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers Hiking Trails

Tuscaloosa Riverwalk

Tuscaloosa County Trails

Lake Lurleen State Park Trail Map

Tuscaloosa County Parks & Recreation Authority Map

Hurricane Creek “M Bend “ Park Bike Trail (Tuscaloosa)

Richard L. Platt Memorial Levee Trail (Northport)

Oakmulgee District – Talladega National Forest

Moundville Archaeological Park – Douglass Nature Trail

Hale County Trails

AL Scenic River Trail – District 4

Alabama Covered Bridge Trail (Locust Fork in Blount County has more covered bridges than anywhere else)

Connecting with Birds and Nature Tours – Christopher Joe | Newbern, Hale County

Black Belt Birding Initiative

Alabama Black Belt Adventures

Alabama Birding Trails

Alabama Bass Trail

Alabama Mountain Biking Trails

U.S. Army Corps of Engineers links relevant to recreation in the Black Warrior River watershed:

Boating and Fishing
Day Use Parks
Hiking Trails

Campgrounds run by U.S. Army Corps of Engineers: phone numbers

Burchfield Campground (205) 497-9828
Deerlick Campground (205) 759-1591
Rocky Branch Park (205) 554-1684
Jennings Ferry Campground (205) 372-1217
Forkland Campground (334) 289-5530
Foscue Campground (334) 289-5535
Service Park Campground (251) 753-6935

Recreation_EricJacksonWorld Champion Freestyle Kayaker Eric Jackson on the Black Warrior River’s Locust Fork.
Photo by Elizabeth Scribner

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