Mt. Tabor Road access is the northern access point for the Yellow River Water Trail in Newton County. Wildlife is abundant in this flatwater, tree -lined section of the river. Great Blue Herons, North American River Otters, and American Beavers are just a few of the companions that you might encounter on your trip.
You will paddle past historic bridge columns from the civil war era, under a working train trestle, Interstate-20, and local roads. At normal water levels, there are several sandbars suitable for picnics or fishing.
Between I-20 and the Brown Bridge Road crossing there are two large tandem pipes that will require portaging, which is a simple navigation. If the river is three feet or more above normal water levels, this pipe will not be visible.
As you arrive at Porterdale’s Yellow River Park, you will find an excellent boat launch area along with picnic tables and hiking trails near the parking area.
Length: 7 Miles from Mt. Tabor Access to Highway 81 Bridge Access. Difficulty: Class 1 - Suitable for Beginners. Paddling Time: 3-4 Hours.