There are several beautiful rivers located throughout Alabama. As a matter of fact, Alabama has more than 77,000 miles of rivers and streams, and its rivers are among the most biologically diverse waterways in the world.
Listed below are 10 beautiful rivers in Alabama that are definitely worthy of checking out.
1. Tennessee River
The largest tributary of the Ohio River is the Tennessee River. This river is located in the southeastern United States in the Tennessee Valley and is approximately 652 miles long. About 17,000 recreational craft pass along the Tennessee River each year.
2. Tallapoosa River
The Tallapoosa River is 265 miles long and flows from the southern end of the Appalachian Mountains in Georgia and westward into Alabama. Interestingly, this river was the earlier site of the first hydroelectric dam in Alabama, which was built in 1902.
3. Coosa River
The Coosa River, one of Alabama's most developed rivers, is a tributary of the Alabama River and is approximately 280 miles long. It begins at the confluence of the Oostanaula and Etowah rivers in Rome, Georgia, and ends northeast of Montgomery. Nearly 90% of the Coosa River is located in Alabama.
4. Alabama River
The Tallapoosa and Coosa rivers unite approximately 6 miles north of Montgomery, forming the Alabama River. The Alabama River flows west to Selma and crosses the richest agricultural and timber districts of the state.
5. Choctawhatchee River
The Choctawhatchee River, a 141-mile-long river in the southern United States, flows through southeast Alabama and the panhandle of Florida. It then empties into Choctawhatchee Bay in Okaloosa and Walton counties. This river contains several species of fish, including sunfish, channel catfish and spotted bass. The Choctawhatchee River is a very popular river among canoeists.
6. Conecuh River
The Conecuh River, a 230-mile-long coastal river, begins in Bullock County near Union Springs. As soon as this river flows into Florida, it's renamed the Escambia River. The Conecuh River is a popular destination for outdoor enthusiasts because they can boat, fish and camp all in a single trip.
7. Black Warrior River
The Black Warrior River, a waterway in west-central Alabama, rises in the southern edges of the Appalachian Highlands and flows 178 miles to the Tombigbee River. This river is named after Tuskaloosa - the Mississippian paramount chief. His name meant 'Black Warrior' in Muskogean. The Black Warrior River is formed approximately 2 miles west of Birmingham by the confluence of the Mulberry Fork and the Locust Fork of the Warrior River.
8. Cahaba River
The Cahaba River is Alabama's longest free-flowing river and is among the most scenic and biologically diverse rivers in the U.S. It's located entirely within central Alabama and is 194 miles long. The Cahaba River is a popular canoeing destination.
9. Tombigbee River
The Tombigbee River, a 200-mile-long river in Mississippi and Alabama, merges with the Alabama River to form Mobile River before it (Mobile River) empties into Mobile Bay. The Tombigbee River has five lock and dams along its length.
10. Chattahoochee River
The Chattahoochee River forms the southern half of the Alabama and Georgia border, in addition to a portion of the Florida border. It's approximately 430 miles long. The Chattahoochee River was featured in the video game "Call of Juarez: Bound in Blood" and Alan Jackson's hit song "Chattahoochee," which was released in 1993 and won the Country Music Association award for "Single of the Year" and "Song of the Year."
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