On an October morning we launched at the French’s lake Coastal Access Kiosk, which is the beginning of the Globe Creek Trail. This particular trail is a leg of the Bartram Canoe Trail, which meanders through the Mobile-Tensaw Delta (the nations second largest river delta, encompassing over 250,000 acres). It wasn’t exactly the easiest launch I have ever experienced, due to an extremely low water level. The narrow lake winds through beautiful forest of Tulip Poplar, Bald Cypress & other hardwoods. The winds were quite stiff, but we were protected for most of the trip, and I would recommend this area for the windy days. Today our travel distance was limited on the trail, due to the low water levels exposing logs and limbs that blocked the trail. We were able to explore the area & paddle a few hours seeing an abundance of wildlife such as a Red-tailed Hawk, woodpeckers, wood ducks, an alligator & a wild hog. The wild flowers were also abundant. We were able to see some amazing trees and although they would have been beautiful with normal water levels, the lower water level did expose even more amazing features. I would suggest that if you are going to paddle any of the Bartram trail, that you should do a little research and map your route. There are many turns & options that can prove to be confusing. Be sure to pack your camera or video camera & a bottle of water also, because you never know.
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Photo Credit: Michelle Rolls Thomas, www.MRTimages.com