Elam Holley, Sr. Park

Designated Cahaba Blueway Access

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Marion Junction, AL 36759
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The Elam Holley, Sr. Park access is a natural sandy bank that provides relatively easy access to the river from a grassy parking area.  Elam Holley, Sr. Park is operated by Dallas County as a nature preserve and river access.


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+River Segment - 6.3 miles

This section of the Cahaba takes on a somewhat different character from the section upstream, with the white chalk bluffs largely replaced by softer, more recent sediments deposited by the Cahaba and the Alabama River, which you are approaching. The river is wide and deep here, with no significant sandbars or other obstacles. The current is relatively slow, so you will likely have to paddle most of the 6.3 miles to the Clear Creek access. This section flows through the 4,512 acre Old Cahawba Prairie Tract, which is a very ecologically important area now protected by the State Lands Division of the Alabama Department of Conservation and Natural Resources under the Forever Wild Program. Wildflowers, birds, and other wildlife are abundant, so keep your binoculars handy! As you approach the Clear Creek take-out, stay to the right side of the river and look for where the creek enters the Cahaba River. Take a right and paddle up the creek (which looks like a wide slough) about 150 yards, and you will see the landing on the left. The Clear Creek access is within Old Cahawba Archaeological Park, which is open daily from 9:00 AM to 5:00 PM. The front gate closes at 5:00 PM. You can request after hour access at the Ranger's Trailer, but we recommend that you try to avoid taking out here after 5:00 PM. Old Cahawba Archaeologicl Park offers a shuttle service for a fee, and you can schedule it by calling (334) 872-8058. There is no vehicular access down the .25 mile path from the parking area by the Welcome Center to the Clear Creek access, so you will have to carry your boat out to your car there.