Shelby Co. 52

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2368-2390 Co Rd 52
Helena, AL 35080
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The County Road 52 access is on private property and access is BY APPOINTMENT ONLY with Canoe the Cahaba, which you can contact at (205) 874-5623.  When approved, parking is available along CR 52 and the water access is 100 yards down the dirt drive and down a narrow concrete ramp to the water.  There are no public services available at this site.

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+River Segment - 19.1 miles

At 19.1 miles this section is very long, and very few people will be able to paddle it in one day, even under the best conditions. There are very few signs of civilization along the way, which include a few houses near the put-in, followed by two oil pipelines, a power line, and a railroad bridge that each provide good reference for your position along the journey. Apart from these manmade features, you will see mostly rock formations, bluffs, woods, and wildlife as you paddle through largely wild country in the heart of the William R. Ireland, Sr. Cahaba River Wildlife Management Area. Before attempting this section, be sure that there will be enough flow in the river. Minimum recommended discharge at the USGS gauge near Helena, AL is 200 cfs in order to avoid dragging through shallow areas. If you split the trip in two days, you will need to secure permission from a landowner to camp on or to access the river through private propoerty. Under no circumstances should you trespass on private property to camp or take out.