To call the Cahaba River one of the most unique bodies of water in Alabama would be an understatement. The state’s longest “free-flowing” river is recognized worldwide for its biodiversity, harboring over 150 types of fish and dozens of mussel and snail species.
Stretching almost 200 miles, the river flows from the foothills of the Appalachians, through the heart of Birmingham, to just south of Selma, AL, where the Cahaba collides with the Alabama River. Now is the perfect time of year to plan a trip to the Cahaba River. As Spring continues to roll in, the river is up, flowers are ready to bloom and the wildlife is in full swing.
The Cahaba River Society provides canoe rentals and equipment, as well as guided group trips. There is a trip on average, once per week. Check out the schedule and find a good day for you and your friends to get on the water. Also check out, Five Ways to Float the Cahaba for a more casual trip.
If dry land is preferred, the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is the perfect place for a day hike, bird watching and snapping a few photos of nature with family and friends. Along with the CRNWR, there are many great parks and access points along the Cahaba.
A few of our favorites include:
Moon River Canoe Launch (coming Spring 2014) – The newest canoe launch/recreational site on the Cahaba. This is the first site developed as a part of the Cahaba Blueway Project. The project seeks to promote river access and continue improvement of the river.
Oak Mountain State Park – The park boasts a large variety of trails including: Mountain Bike Trails, Hiking Trails and a Treetop Nature Trail. Camping, Fishing and a Petting Zoo are just a few of the other activities that Oak Mountain offers.
Old Cahawba Archaeological Park – Touted as Alabama’s first state capital, this park is a great look into Alabama’s past. Situated in the last bend of the Cahaba, just before it meets the Alabama River, Cahawba Park is becoming a must see in Alabama. Along with the old buildings and archaeological sites, the park also has a great bike trail and a “Haunted History Tour”. Afterwards, swing by Mark’s Mart in Selma, for a delicious chicken sandwich and grab a bacon-wrapped filet to cook when you get home.
If you have any questions about your Cahaba excursion, swing by any Alabama Outdoors location and we’ll be happy to help, or give us a call anytime.