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ASRT –Tombigbee Fossil’s Fun and Food Fall Paddle
November 5, 2011 - November 6, 2011
November 5th and 6th at Old Lock Number One Park, near Jackson Alabama
An exciting, fun-packed weekend on the Tombigbee River:
Registration begins Friday afternoon, November 4th. The event will take place
all day Saturday November 5th and as much of Sunday, November 6th as you care
to paddle and explore.
Here’s one of the best paddle trips we ever put on. After registration,
attendees will be treated to a home-cooked meal at ASRT vice president Linda
Vice’s charming home in Thomasville, followed by a walking tour of the
historic little town. We did this a year or so before and people are still
talking about it. This is southern hospitality at its best.
Registration will begin around 3:00 p.m. and will close before we depart for
Thomasville. Latecomers will have a chance to register Saturday morning.
We will camp the night at Old Lock Number One Park (click here for
directions), a US Army Corps of Engineers primitive campsite. The campsite
there is partly an ancient pecan grove and partly the ancient wooden lock
that served steamboats so long ago. It’s now located on a dead arm of the
Tombigbee that will be our point of embarkation. ASRT Executive Director Jim
Felder will lead the group the short distance to one of the the greatest
fossil finds you will ever experience, featuring millions of specimens of
this beautifully preserved world class fossil set. We will paddle to the
bluffs below the historic dead town of St Stephens, Alabama’s former
territorial capital and currently a state archeological site.
After the paddle, there will be the opportunity to drive and visit the old
town of St Stephens (though the climbers among us may make it up the bluffs
from the river) or follow Jim Felder to Moscow Landing, where-after a steep
river bluff scramble, so bring good shoes-we will walk to the
Cretaceous-Tertiary Boundary (also known as the K-T Boundary) which formed
when an immense meteor struck Mexico and ended the age of large reptiles,
beginning the age of mammals. This is probably your best opportunity to see
the K-T boundary anywhere on earth. Fossil-finding is great in this area, too
and will be a feature of our trip.
No matter what we choose to do during the day, we will retire to Old Lock
Number One campsite for the evening where our evening meal will be served.
After a discussion of the area’s rich history, the usual enjoyable campfire
sessions and a good night’s sleep, we will rise to a provided breakfast and
strike out by self-carry caravan to take our boats to Lenoir Landing. We will
put in at the ramp there and spend the rest of the morning exploring the
exquisitely wild Choctaw Wildlife Management Area, a paddler and
birdwatcher’s delight. Expect to see kingfishers, Mississippi kites,
swallowtail kites and eagles soaring above. A sandwich lunch will be
provided. After the paddle, we will load up and head to our respective homes.
Interstate 59/20 is conveniently close, with an opportunity to eat an early
supper in or near Birmingham.
Both campsites are operated by the US Army Corps of Engineers. The sites are
quiet and secluded primitive camping with concrete pads and grass and nearby
nearby water. ASRT will set up hot portable showers. Old Lock Number One park
features a covered pavilions and picnic tables and indoor toilets. Lenoir
landing, where we will be day-tripping but not camping, has a pit toilet near
The price of this action-packed weekend of discovery is $85, for which you
* A first-class introduction to the Tombigbee and the US Army Corps of
Engineers parks that serve it
* One of the country’s most geologically-accessible areas depicting a
snapshot of a time 86 million years ago that you can’t get anywhere else
* A glimpse of early Alabama history
* All meals and great southern hospitality
* Campsites (they’re free to us, we’re passing the savings to you).
* Insurance (except for your personal component, read on)
* The cameraderie and fun that the Alabama Scenic River Trail has become
known for-the best part of the trip, many say.