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This Little Known Natural Oasis Is Hiding In Alabama… And You’re Going To Love It

There’s no denying that the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the most beautiful places in Alabama. If you’ve ever visited this natural oasis, you understand exactly what I mean. Unfortunately, many out-of-towners are unaware of this refuge’s existence. Perhaps it’s because the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is one of the nation’s newest National Wildlife Refuges, or maybe it’s overlooked because it’s somewhat hidden. Whatever the reason, this beautiful wildlife refuge should be experienced by everyone.

The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is located in central Alabama, approximately six miles east of West Blocton. The primary purpose of its establishment (2002) was to protect a special section of the Cahaba River, including the land that’s next to it. The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is the habitat of these five federally listed species: Cahaba shiner, round rocksnail, goldline darter and cylindrical lioplax snail. 64 additional plant and animal species are also located within the refuge. In addition to its breathtaking scenery, many people visit this refuge to participate in these activities: canoeing, fishing, hiking, wildlife viewing and photography.

The following photos showcase the true beauty of the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge:

To view the world’s largest stand of Cahaba lilies, check out this aerial drone video:

The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge truly is a stunning place, isn’t it? Have you ever visited this natural oasis? If so, please share your experience with us!

 

Directions:

The Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge is located on County Road 24, about six miles east of West Blocton, Alabama (Bibb County). To get to this natural oasis from I-20/59, you’ll simply take Exit 97. Approximately 250 yards past the refuge’s entrance sign, a gravel road on the right side of County Road 24 provides river access.

Jennifer
Jennifer is the Alabama staff writer for Only In Your State.