Old Cahawba / Clear Creek

Designated Cahaba Blueway Access

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9518 Cahaba Rd
Orrville, AL 36767
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The Old Cahawba Clear Creek access is a low-sloped concrete ramp on Clear Creek just 150 yards from the Cahaba River.  Parking is at the Old Cahawba Archaeological Park Welcome Center, and you will need to carry your boat down the 1/4 mile paved pathway (located on the right side of St. Luke’s Episcopal Church) to the access point.  Restrooms are available at the Welcome Center (open Thursday – Monday 12:00 PM to 5:00 PM), and a shuttle service is available there for a fee.  You can make reservations by calling (334) 872-8058.


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+River Segment - 3.4 miles

This section of the Cahaba is wide and deep and flows past the site of Alabama's first state capitol, which is now protected by the Alabama Historical Commission and operated as Old Cahawba Archaeological Park. After you enter Clear Creek form the Clear Creek access, paddle downstream to the right about 150 yards and enter the Cahaba River. Turn right when you enter the Cahaba and enjoy the last three miles of the river, which is wide and deep here with mostly wooded banks. Keep an eye out for abundant birdlife such as ospreys, herons, and the occasional bald eagle. When you get to the Alabama River, turn right and stay to the right bank of the Alabama for about 1/4 mile and look for a slough to your right. Turn right and paddle up this slough for about 180 yards, and the Vine Street take-out will be on your right.