The Cahaba River-Shelby County Park is a joint venture between the Alabama Forever Wild Land Trust and Shelby County with the County taking the lead on development of outdoor amenities at the park.
This scenic park is located at the confluence of the Cahaba River and Shades Creek with 1,527 acres including a combined 1,339 acres in the North Sector (1,212 acres Forever Wild Property and 127 acres of Shelby County) on River Road (County Road 251) off County Road 13 west of Helena and 188 acres located in the South Sector at the end of County Road 251 off of County Road 10 in the west of Montevallo.
It is comprised of dry oak and pine forest with recovering clearcuts of pine plantation and steep mesic slopes on the river banks.
This property has approximately 1 mile of frontage on the Cahaba River, and the Cahaba Shiner (Notropis cahabae) has been recorded from that stretch of the river.
There is no access for motorized vehicles across the river from the North Sector to the South Sector. There are several river miles of canoeing to be enjoyed or a great place to enjoy swimming or fishing when the water levels safely permit.
Hiking and Biking
The north sector features 17 miles of professionally designed and constructed trails for hiking, mountain biking and trail-running enthusiasts.
From I65, take Exit 242 in Pelham. Take Hwy 52 W, County Road 52 and County Road 13 to 1885 River Road.
There are currently three parking areas, two pavilions with restroom and an outdoor shower.