Water Works

In 12 years, the Alabama Scenic River Trails have developed into the longest river trail within one state — 5,300 miles. As tourism infrastructure, it has grown from eight outfitter companies to over 50 — some 300 employees helping to launch and serve paddlers.

In 2006, Anniston jeweler Fred Couch had a vision: the longest river trail in one state. The Alabama Scenic River Trail today stretches 5,300 miles. Photos by Cary Norton It began with a hard-boiled egg. Actually, 72 hard-boiled eggs. Each one carefully tucked into a zip-lock bag and handed out at…

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