HCC was founded in the early 1980′s by a core of local paddlers primarily from the Sierra Club, following in the footsteps of an earlier club, the North Alabama River Runners Association. Over time, it has grown to its current size of over 150 individuals and families. The major purpose of the club is to provide a structure in which people can coordinate river trips, but regular activities also include:
a monthly newsletter, River Write
an annual picnic and swap meet at Ditto Landing
participation in the Flint River and Wheeler Wildlife Refuge clean-ups
support for the Locust and Mulberry Canoe and Kayak Races
pool sessions for roll practice
safety and trip leadership training
HCC meets monthly, giving members and guests an opportunity to talk about planned activities, to socialize, to get tips on paddling sports, to share river stories and experiences, and to enjoy the company of others with similar interests. Each meeting also includes a program, usually focusing on paddling or environmental topics.
The club sponsors paddling opportunities for people of all skills, ranging from lakes to Class IV whitewater. Favorite paddling sites include day-trips on Southeast rivers, such as the Mulberry Fork, Locust Fork, Flint River, Sipsey Fork, Town Creek, and a variety of creeks in north Alabama; the Hiwassee, Tellico, and Ocoee in Tennessee; the Chattooga in north Georgia; and the Nantahala and French Broad in North Carolina. A series of week-day evening trips is held on Wheeler Wildlife Refuge during the spring months. Over-night and multi-day trips on rivers in Alabama, Tennessee, Arkansas, Missouri, and Colorado have been led in recent years as well. Camping trips are also enjoyed by many members.
If you have an interest in being on the water, we would like to see you at our next meeting. Even if you just have an interest in seeing that our local waters remain available (and clean enough) for everyone to enjoy, we’d like to see you. To really make some friends and have a good time, join us on a trip!