The Choctawhatchee flows from Alabama to the Gulf. The Fellow Travelers have twice made the trip from Newton, Alabama, to Cerro Gordo, Florida. It is a great three-day trip. The river itself is a yellow-brown shade and is not clear, but the wooded banks, the fern-draped rocks, the creeks, and the enormous sandbars make this a unique river.
Put-in is at Butch Grafton's canoe livery. There is a fee for launching and parking, but vehicles can be left is a secure place. Shortly after put-in there is a logjam at the bridge which warrants caution. After that, the entire river is unobstructed easy paddling.
Alabama SR 92 is encountered eight miles downstream. There are some sandbars suitable for camping, but they are reached too early in the day for consideration. Nine miles further is SR 167. Just below the bridge a creek with a small waterfall enters from the right. Going up this creek a few yards is an excellent campsite, but a honky-tonk joint nearby can sometimes be heard, as can the light traffic on the road.
It is twelve more miles to the town of Geneva. As Geneva approaches the development increases, but this is the only stretch of the river which does not seem remote. There is a nice city park in Geneva at the junction of the Pea River. Restroom facilities are there. It is a fair hike to a convenience store, but the Fellow Travelers were able to bum a ride to refurbish ice supplies.
The river is larger after the Pea enters. The sandbars continue to be large and inviting. The Florida state line is not marked, so depend on the GPS to know when you have entered the Sunshine State. Florida SR 2 is eight miles downstream from Geneva. It is eleven more miles to the take-out at Camp Meeting Bay near Cerro Gordo. There is a nice clear spring, aptly called Blue Spring or Morrison Spring, on the right about mile above the take-out. The take-out is at a popular landing apt to be used by many local fishermen.