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Flint River Blueway

Outdoor Adventures, Canoe or Flatwater Kayaking Area

The Flint River Blueway follows the Flint River, a 65.7 mile long tributary of the Tennessee River.

Dan Truitt @southern.paddler

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Just a stone’s throw away from Huntsville, Ala., the Flint River flows south out of Tennessee and runs through Madison County, Ala. If you’re a beginner, the Flint is the place to learn—in fact, the Flint offers one of the best family floats in north Alabama. One of our favorite paddles is the three-hour float from Highway 72 to Little Cove Rd. Three springs feed this section of the river year-round. If you have plenty of time to really explore the river, this section offers four islands, scenic bluffs and camping. Plus, if you know where to find the right spots, the Flint offers some of the best bass fishing around.

There are six public access sites along the Flint River, which is a tributary of the Tennessee River, where you can put in or take out your paddle craft—and endless ways to plan a trip between them. Assuming three miles per hour is your average speed, you easily could enjoy short stretches of the river in an afternoon, with stops to explore islands and other natural features along the way. To make a multi-day trip, just plan to stay at one of the primitive campgrounds or private rental cabins that line the river’s shores. You can also check out other close by adventures including hiking and biking at Monte Sano State Park and the Alabama Land Trust trails.

Grab your paddles, your gear and this map, and let your imagination be your guide. All you need to do is get out there and have a good time. Share your own stories and photos on Instagram or Twitter using #TVAfun, or at using our #TVAFun tab.

For fishing regulations and license requirements, please check with Outdoor Alabama or visit

For tips on kayaking, canoeing, and floating on Huntsville's Flint River visit this great BLOG.

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