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