By Caroline Vincent
People may think that Tuscaloosa is simply a college town where the only activity for Saturdays is going to football games.
As someone who is in town for the summer, I am here to prove that assumption wrong as I find adventures to go on throughout Tuscaloosa and surrounding areas.
I started off easy and decided to go on more of a stroll than a hike.
On a sunny evening, I could not think of a better place to go stretch my legs than Manderson Landing on the Black Warrior River.
The Black Warrior is a waterway that feeds the Tombigbee River and stretches 178 miles.
In Tuscaloosa, Manderson Landing Park can be found just steps from the University of Alabama campus, and is therefore a popular place for students to spend their free time.
It is also home to the University’s rowing team, where they can be seen practicing in the mornings and competing on the weekends.
With views that stretch down the river, ferries, tugboats and personal vessels can be seen on the water throughout the day.
In my short time there on this particular evening, I saw all three and also several people on paddleboards, an ideal activity for the fairly calm river.
There are several activities that take place on land as well.
As the sun was setting, there were families playing together, couples taking walks, and groups doing yoga.
There were also many runners along the path, not an uncommon sight for the area. Most importantly, I saw a lot of dogs.
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The water is not the only beauty seen at the park.
Much of the path at Manderson Landing is shaded by full oak and pine trees that offer not only greenery, but also a significant temperature drop from the sunnier parts of the path.
The trees are also very popular among students for hammocking.
With plenty of trunks to spare and beautiful views of the river, young people can be found enjoying their days off relaxing along the path in their various colored ENOs.
Visitors also take advantage of the banks of the river for multiple activities, such as fishing and picnics.
By the water and under trees, I don’t know if there is a better place to picnic in all of Tuscaloosa.
As just a portion of the Riverwalk, Manderson Landing really goes above and beyond with all it has to offer.
From beautiful views to countless opportunities for activities, students and locals alike can find many ways to spend Saturdays along the Black Warrior River.
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