The Cahaba & Oakmulgee


Situated alongside the longest free-flowing river in Alabama – and one of the country's most biologically diverse – the Cahaba River area is full of beautiful scenery and historic places. The cities along the river's path are the kinds of places many would consider to be dream hometowns. You'll find endless outdoor recreation, some of the tastiest peaches in the world and the best of small-town life within a 45-minute drive of Birmingham.

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What To See & Do


Perry Lakes Park and Barton's Beach Cahaba River Preserve

Explore a 700-acre park with a trail to the Cahaba River beach preserve.


Brierfield Ironworks Historical State Park

Restored structures, an inn, trails and campsites make up this furnace and mill site.


Peach Park

Indulge in homemade ice cream, fresh fruit, cobblers, fried pies, barbecue and more while strolling the gardens and market.


Oakmulgee District of Talladega National Forest

The Lake Payne Recreation Area is one of the most popular places in the forest.


Confederate Memorial Park

Alabama's only Confederate veterans home sits on 102 acres. Visit the site's two cemeteries, see Civil War relics and explore the nature trail.


Moore-Webb-Holmes Plantation

The same family has owned this working plantation since 1819. Stop by the country store or visit the blacksmith shop.

Where To Stay


Myrtle Hill

Surrounded by 12 acres of beautiful flower gardens and waterfalls, this restored antebellum home offers a unique lodging experience.


Donavan Lakes Fishing Club and Donavan Inn

This fishing club and inn offers both campgrounds and indoor accommodations.


Rolling Hills RV Park

Located in Calera, Rolling Hills RV Park sits on 83 acres complete with a lake, pool, conference center and 58 RV sites with full hookups.

Where To Eat & Drink


Tin Top Bar B Q

Tin Top in Calera has become known for its ribs. Owner John Culbert has more than 35 years of pit experience.


Whillard's BBQ & Grill

This no-frills short-order joint claims to have the best hamburgers in the South, and locals tend to agree.


Durbin Farms Market

In operation since 1938, Durbin Farms Market is known for its homemade peach ice cream and fresh fruit.


Heaton Pecan Farm

From candies and fudge to whole pecans and pecan meal, Heaton Pecan Farm offers just about any pecan product you can think of.

Area Map

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Area Towns

  • Centreville


    Centreville, located in Bibb County, has a population of more than 2,000 and was founded in 1823.

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  • Clanton


    Clanton, a city in Chilton County, boasts a population of more than 8,000. It was founded by Alfred Baker in 1868 when Chilton County was formed.

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  • Jemison


    Jemison is located in Chilton County and has a population of more than 2,200.

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  • Marion


    Marion is home to Judson College and the Marion Military Institute

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  • West Blocton


    West Blocton, a town in Bibb County with a population of about 1,400, is known for its historic beehive coke ovens.

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Getting there by plane
Getting there by car
Getting there by bus or train

Birmingham serves as the state’s major hub of air travel. The Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport offers 130 daily flights to 51 airports in 48 cities throughout the United States.

Birmingham-Shuttlesworth International Airport
5900 Messer Airport Highway
Birmingham, AL 35212

(205) 595-0533

The Cahaba River area is accessible via Highway 31 from Interstate 65 and via Highway 82 from Interstate 59.

Greyhound offers bus service to and from Birmingham, which is a short drive away. You will need to arrange transportation to your destination from the station. Hours of operation are subject to change. Call to verify information before making travel plans.

618 19th St. N.
Birmingham, AL 35203

(205) 252-7190