Alabama Scenic River Trail to add three campsites in Shelby County

Alabama kayak
Alabama kayak
Photo via the Alabama Scenic River Trails Facebook page

Last month, the Shelby County Commission passed a resolution supporting the creation of three new “canoe-in” campsites as part of the Alabama Scenic River Trail.

The resolution calls for the establishment of two campsites at Beeswax Creek Park on Lay Lake in Wilsonville and one at Gorman Park on the Coosa River in Vincent. The sites will have a maximum of two-night stays for campers.

Uniquely Alabama – Our river trails
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Photo via the Alabama Scenic River Trail Facebook page

The Alabama Scenic River Trail (ASRT) is the longest and most experience-diverse river trail in America—from mountain streams to multi-class whitewater to river delta and the salty waves of the Gulf of Mexico. The trail promotes exploration of  Alabama’s 5,300 miles of accessible waterways and over 50 adventure services.

River Guides

If you are interested in getting out on Alabama’s rivers and lakes the ASRT has developed the following guides for paddlers to powerboat users.

Photo from Alabama Scenic River Trail Facebook page. Picture of paddler on Autauga Creek.

Complete Guide to ASRT Campsites
Complete guide to the Bartram Trail
Complete guide to the Tallapoosa Rivers

The group also offers for sale guidebooks that include the Tennessee River, Piedmont Section, Central Section, River Heritage Section and the Mobile-Tensaw Delta Section and the Alabama River Atlas. Here is their online store.

ASRT has also teamed up with 4-H  to offer the RiverKids program. This innovative youth kayaking program is aimed at helping youth develop safe paddling skills.

Shelby County promotes recreation

The new river trail campsites are the latest additions to Shelby County’s recreational amenities. Last year, the Commission committed to the creation of a new nature park and trails and expansion of the Alabama Wildlife Center.

Check out Shelby County’s growing “nature” portfolio – HERE.


Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.