Visit Hurricane Creek
hike - canoe - wade - swim - fish - picnic - camp - journal - experiment - learn - study - monitor - geocache- enjoy

Luke Scott of the Alabama Kayak Club approaches a drop in Hurricane Creek. 

    Much of the creek habitat is privately owned and therefore inaccessible to the general public. Few roads penetrate the area, providing wildlife with a safe haven and a peaceful environment for those who enter it. However, there are two publicly-accessible water routes which enable visitors to experience the creek fully. The Riverview put-in on the Black Warrior River off Jack Warner Parkway allows canoers and kayakers to access the creek mouth less than a half hour's paddle from the river entry. Sights inside the creek portal include a lush biodiverse forest, gigantic sandstones, and a picturesque 1905 railroad trestle from the region's coal mining days. 
    For more on paddling or kayaking the creek (and a little on TESLA), take a minute to read "Paddling Access" by Randy Mecredy.
    A new public access point, created in September 2008, is the M Bend, a 249-acre wilderness area including more than three miles of creek frontage on the waterway's north side. This wilderness area was once owned by the Park family, where it was deeply loved and enjoyed. The family of the late Stanley Park, Sr. sold it to the Trust for Public Land, which held it until purchase by the Tuscaloosa County Park and Recreation Authority. Their legacy to our community is a wildlands park.

(Source: Nancy Callahan's entry on Hurricane Creek, Encyclopedia of Alabama)

    Thanks to the dedication of our local Parks and Recreation Authority (PARA), the experience of Hurricane Creek is available to all at Hurricane Creek Park. 
    Hurricane Creek Park is open to the public from dawn to dusk. It is a wonderful place to explore native plants and aquatic wildlife, canoe down the creek, or spend time enjoying nature with friends and family. 
    Visitors are encouraged to wear rubber-soled shoes so that they will not slip on the shale which exists along part of the stream. This shale is very sharp and can cut bare feet.
    Learn more about Hurricane Creek Park by clicking the image above.

How to get there: Driving directions and map

The M Bend Park as captured by John Wathen.

Watson's Bend

Mr. Jimmy Watson at the 2011 Annual Creek Cleanup.

    Since Watson's Bend is private property owned by Jimmy Watson, FOHC has entered a license agreement to use this land pursuant to specific conditions and assumptions of sound environmental stewardship. As a result, Watson's Bend campground is not open to the public.
    FOHC Members can visit the FOHC Campground at Watson's Bend. Members can receive information on how to visit, camp, and enjoy when they have paid their membership dues and are in good standing with FOHC. 
    We are extremely grateful to Mr. Watson and his family for allowing us to use Watson's Bend.

How to get there: Driving directions and map