Plan Your Visit

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Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Bibb County, Alabama, approximately six miles east of West Blocton on County Road 24. From I-20/59 take Exit 97. Take Hwy 11 south 3 miles to Hwy 5 at the traffic light. Turn left onto Hwy 5 south and follow Hwy 5 approximately 9 miles to County Road 24. Turn left onto CR 24 and take CR 24 approximately 6 miles. River access is provided by a gravel road on the south (right) side of Bibb County Road 24 approximately 250 yards past the refuge entrance sign.

GPS/mobile devices:  River Trace, West Blocton, Alabama
Mailing address:  407 Baby Bains Gap Road, Anniston, AL 36205
Phone number:  256-848-6833
Email address:  cahabariver@fws.gov

Administration Office:
The administrative office for Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is located in Anniston, AL at Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge. There are no facilities or offices at Cahaba River NWR.

Visitor Center:
No visitor center is available; however brochures and maps are available in the kiosk on River Trace Road.

Points of Interest:  
Many visitors access the Cahaba River via River Trace Road. This 1.5 mile gravel road provides access to two trails and the Cahaba River for fishing, canoeing and swimming.

Visitor favorite is the Piper Trail. This two-mile trail, built by the Friends of the Cahaba River NWR, has two overlooks that give visitors a bird’s eye view of the Cahaba River. The Piper Trail was mostly constructed on an old railroad bed, giving visitors a lovely, easy hike; the last 0.25 miles of the trail are more of a challenge but provide a wonderful view from atop the ridge.

The largest known stand of the imperiled shoals lily (known locally as the Cahaba lily) also occurs within the Refuge. This beautiful plant blooms from Mother’s Day to Father’s Day, and people come from across the region to view this magnificent display of nature. There is even an annual Cahaba lily festival in West Blocton, Alabama that draws thousands of visitors to the area the last Saturday in May (http://cahabalily.com/).

Know Before You Go: 
The refuge is unstaffed, so please be cautious during your visit. Bring insect repellent, water to drink, proper hiking shoes, sunscreen, and any floatation device needed while swimming in the water.

Checking the weather and water levels prior to visiting the Cahaba River is highly recommended. The river can become swift and treacherous after rains and regularly becomes not suitable for swimming and paddling. Each visitor must make their own safety evaluation of water conditions and their own skill level to navigate the river.

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