Established in 2002, the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) helps to protect the biological heart of the Cahaba River. Thirteen federally threatened or endangered species occur within the refuge boundaries. Over 20,000 people visit the refuge annually to enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and other compatible wildlife dependent activities.
Most visitors come during the mid-May to mid-June period to see the flowering of the Cahaba Lily (Hymenocallis coronaria). The Refuge contains a vehicle accessible road along the river and a parking area with access to trails and river access.
An annual highlight occurs from mid-May through very early June, when the Cahaba lilies bloom. There is an annual festival in West Blocton on the last Saturday in May in honor of these stunning flowers. The festival includes guided tours to the lily shoals and is well worth your time.
There is presently but a single road that traverses the Cahaba NWR, and after the first quarter-mile, the road parallels the river itself for its duration. A word of caution: this is a narrow gravel road. It is effectively a single lane, and requires care to negotiate oncoming traffic. Be careful if on foot – there is very little room for pedestrians. There are a few pull-outs and parking spots available along the gravel road; use them to leave vehicles behind and walk along the road’s edge and to access the (few) trails that intersect with the road.
Address: Cahaba River Dr, Brierfield, AL 35035
Phone: (256) 848-7085
Latitude: 33.0931632 | Longitude: -87.0593142
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