Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, West Blocton

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Water Body · Hidden Gem · Hiking Trail
The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is a 3,689.63 acres (15 km2) National Wildlife Refuge located in central Alabama, along the Cahaba River downstream from Birmingham, Alabama. The refuge was established on September 25, 2002. Additional purchases were approved that will potentially increase the size of the refuge to 7,300 acres (29.5 km²). Additional negotiations propose an expansion to a potential 280,000 acres (1,100 km2), most of which currently belongs to private landowners. The facility is unstaffed, but is administered by the Mountain Longleaf National Wildlife Refuge in Anniston, Alabama.

The refuge extends from just north of the confluence of the Little Cahaba and Cahaba Rivers to the Piper Bridge in Bibb county, approximately five miles east of West Blocton, Alabama. Approximately 3.5 miles (6 km) of the Cahaba River flow through the refuge. The refuge lies at the far southwestern end of the Appalachian mountain chain.
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  • The Cahaba NWR is full if beauty and excitement and just a wonderful place to go and clear your mind, even bait a hook and cast a line and make memories with your kids. The lillies are part of it’s...  more »
  • I came for the Cahaba lilies, which are spectacular and begin blooming in mid or late April and last through June. Besides the famous lilies, there are other beautiful wildflowers along the banks and....  more »
  • Actually a very clean, cool place to spend time with the family. I would like to see a restroom to give it a 5star rating. Good fishing and swimming, I recommend to anyone who likes either.
  • We went to see the Cahaba lillies while they are in bloom, and I was pleasantly surprised at how well maintained the gravel road following the river was. The roads are well marked with signs to fond the entrance all the way from the interstate. It is a small trail, but there are plenty of places made for vehicles to pass. You could easily take a small car there without bottoming out or getting it muddy. There are places made to walk from the road to good photography spots all along the river, and a few small sandy areas you can swim or fish from.

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