Go With the Flow

Canadian River

Difficulty: Effortless

Section North River Road, U.S. 83 to Texas Highway 70, near Canadian
Difficulty Effortless
Length and duration 22 miles of driving, 1 hour minimum
Resources None
Reward yourself Fill up on the steak and fries and famous bread pudding at the Cattle Exchange, in Canadian.

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The Canadian is usually too dry to be much good for floating, but it supports a host of other sports. The duck hunting is great, and ATV riders roar around the designated areas at Lake Meredith, a bit north of Amarillo, where there are plentiful off-road trails crisscrossing the sandy riverbed. But you don’t have to get off-road to enjoy the spectacular scenery along the Canadian. Just drive this 22-mile stretch of ranch road that follows the northern bank of the river through Hemphill and Roberts counties, which have fewer than three people per square mile. That’s a lot of empty rolling grassland and limestone mesa, and, as might be expected, the bird-watching is world-class. Members of the Panhandle Bird Club come here to see eastern birds such as red-bellied woodpeckers and barred owls; in winter you might see Harris’s or American Tree sparrows.

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