Launch your canoe/kayak near the Tennessee state line in Veto, Alabama. Travel down the scenic Elk River which empties into the Tennessee River. Stop for a picnic and enjoy the beautiful landscape or have lunch at local restaurants located at Maples Bridge or Elk River Mills Park.


Canoeing 6x4



A class 1 stream, with towering bluffs, untouched forests and rolling meadows. The route begins at Elkmont, Alabama just west of I-65 at Exit 361. It is 21.9 miles along scenic Elk River with five easy in-and-out points. Elk River water levels are TVA Dam controlled, which means good canoeing even during dry summers.

Hours of Operation and Directions

Open Daylight to Dusk

The route begins at Elkmont, Alabama just
west of I-65 at Exit 361

The beautiful Elk River is the perfect place for canoeing and kayaking in Limestone County, Alabama.  The water is challenging and the scenery is beautiful.  As you travel the Elk River in the fall, you will see the beautiful fall colors, especially during October.  In the spring, the white dogwood and redbud trees, blooming along the riverbanks, are breathtaking.

The route begins at Elkmont, AL, which is located, a short drive from I-65, Exit 361.  Turn West on Sandlin Road.  Once in Elkmont, turn right onto Upper Ft. Hampton Road.  Proceed .1 miles and turn  onto Veto Road.  Go 5.2 miles to the Tennessee/Alabama Stateline.  Continue straight for 6.6 miles to the Elk River.

There are five sites for easy in and out along the river.

  • Site 1 – Veto Road
  • Site 2 – AL Hwy 127 (6.2 river miles from Site 1)
  • Site 3 – Easter Ferry Road (10.3 river miles)
  • Site 4 – AL Hwy 99 (15.9 river miles)
  • Site 5 – Elk River Mills (21.9 river miles)

Riders may be picked up at either of the sites.

  • Go back to Elkmont on Veto Road, Turn right in Elkmont on Upper Ft. Hampton Road.
  • Go .9 miles to AL Hwy 127 – Site 2
  • Continue to Site 3 by traveling 3.1 miles to the river.


Canoe and Kyak Trail