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Montgomery, AL: George T Bagby State Park

Explore sunken islands and a quiet nature trail on this family-friendly, 4.8-mile paddle-hike along the shores of Chattahoochee River Reservoir.

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Situated on the shores of Walter F. George Lake, a 48,000-acre reservoir straddling the Alabama-Georgia state line, Bagby State Park offers tranquility via several different modes of exploration (not to mention an 18-hole golf course). After renting a canoe from the park, shove off from the marina and paddle south-southwest along the shores of the park. Bird watchers, fishermen, and wildlife lovers alike will delight on the paddling stretch of this trip, which passes isolated beaches, sunken islands, and possibly even a gator or two.
After approximately 1.3 miles of paddling, run your canoe aground on the beach near the park lodge and hike inland to the Chattahoochee Trailhead. From here, you’ll start an easy-going 1.7-mile lollipop loop through hardwood forest lined with picnic sites. Take your time on the paddle back to the marina, and consider using out one of Bagby’s secluded beaches for a tranquil lunch spot.
-Mapped by Christopher Harper

To Trailhead

Take I-85 N to exit 9 and head south on AL 271. In 4.8 miles, turn left on US 231/US 82/AL 6. In 27.2 miles, turn left to continue on US 82/AL 6. Go 46.9 miles on US 82/AL 6, crossing the Walter F. George Reservoir into Georgia and turn right on GA 39. Continue 15.5 miles to Bagby State Park on the right. Various parking lots are available, including one at the marina.

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