For the past 18 years, canoe and kayak racers have come from across the southeast to experience the beauty and challenge of racing on Alabama’s second longest free-flowing river, the Locust Fork. This great treasure is one of the few remaining free-flowing rivers in Alabama and one of the state’s best-kept secrets.
Friends of the Locust Fork River present the annual Locust Fork Invitational Feb. 6 at King’s Bend on the river north of Cleveland. The whole family can enjoy the event as there will be food and drinks for sale and a bonfire for keeping warm. Parking is $3 a carload, and the race is on at 9 a.m. till at least 4 p.m.
The Locust Fork Invitational is the first of three races included in the Alabama Cup competition. Many racers, some even Olympic hopefuls, compete in these races. The sponsoring group, FLFR, is a nonprofit organization dedicated to protecting and preserving the river.