Bibb County Glades Preserve

Designated Cahaba Blueway Access

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Bibb County 65
Brierfield, AL 35035
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The Bibb County Glades Preserve access is owned and operated by The Nature Conservancy of Alabama and is within their Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve.  The parking area can accommodate about 10 cars.  Water access is past the locked gate and approximately 150 yds. dow a dirt driveway, which leads to the water.  This property is privately owned and available for respectful public use.  Please follow the following site rules:  Use permitted during daylight hours only;  No trespassing from dusk to dawn;  No removal or destruction of plants or wildlife; No camping, campfires, hunting, or firearms; Do not litter.  For permission to load and unload boats behind the locked gate, send an email in advance to


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+River Segment - 7.2 miles

This particularly scenic and enjoyable float takes you between two nature preserves owned by The Nature Conservancy of Alabama. It includes the last 5 miles of the Little Cahaba River and about 2.25 miles of the Cahaba River above Pratt's Ferry. The Little Cahaba Section of the float features rlatively easy shoals and a few drops of about 1 ft., along with two islands that will require a little maneuvering around to stay in the main channel. The shoals almost disappear after the confluence with Six Mile Creek and become long shallows that may be difficult to paddle during warmer months due to low water. This section of the Little Cahaba River takes you through a region of Alabama that is particularly high in biological diversity. The dolomite glades that pepper the hillsides on either side of the Little Cahaba here are home to at least 61 rareplant species, some of which exist nowhere else in the world. You can see many of the plants at the Kathy Stiles Freeland Bibb County Glades Preserve. You will also float right past one of the glades on the right bank at mile 2. However, this and all other property along this section, is private so please stay on the water and do not trespass. The Little Cahaba River here is also home to dozens of rare aquatic mussel, snail, and fish species. Please enjoy this very special place, but help us to preserve it by leaving it just as you found it. Once you are on the Cahaba River, watch for a particularly beautiful cliff about 1.5 miles from the Pratt's Ferry Access. Once you are at Pratt's Ferry, the take-out will be on a gravel bar on the left side just below the Pratt's Ferry Bridge. As noted above, both accesses are owned by The Nature Conservancy, and access to load and unload boats behind either locked gate is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY via email at