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Alabama whitewater, Cahaba River

Jefferson county, US Route 11 to County Route 10 section whitewater kayaking, rafting, and paddling information.


CLASS I-II     7 miles
We recently tried this trip, but it was a fail for the water level was extremely low. We attempted it anyway thinking it might have been just a shallow patch, but after roughly 1.5 miles of constant in and out of the kayaks to carry them through shallow spots, we decided to stop before getting to deep into the woods. Luckily there is a subdivision being built where the put in is. We were able to drive to the back of the subdivision to pick
    up our kayaks. It would have been a great trip had the water level been a little higher. We did this trip after a good rain, but it wasn't good enough. Since then we have monitored the water level, and it has been consistently
low. If attempting this trip, you'll know shortly after the first bend in the river if you can actually remain in the kayaks for this trip. Says Suzy

The natural beauty of Alabama and the beautiful way the water current moves down the stream will make you feel great. This stretch of Cahaba River is 7 miles long and is according to American Whitewater a class I-II section of whitewater. Getting some good exercise and just hanging
out with mother nature have people coming from far and near. This stretch is mid length, it's good length for a morning trip. For all you camping people there are campgrounds nearby. Whitewater rafting and kayaking spots in Alabama are harder than the national norm, so better not forget that rivers here are less forgiving. Since you're on this site you are probably into whitewater rafting or kayaking, either way this is an area with plenty of places for that. There are many good hotels to choose from, but do book a room before you come because it is a very popular destination. The put-in is not too far from Birmingham-Hoover, if you're not familiar with the area there's a road map further down the page.

Cahaba River, US Route 11 to County Route 10 road map
Printable road map with the put-in and take-out locations clearly marked.


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These outdoors activities are available near Cahaba River.
 Whitewater Near Cahaba River:
Cahaba River, Jefferson County, 2 miles away
      Class I-II - 7 miles long (US Route 11 to County Route 10)
Cahaba River, Jefferson County, 4 miles away
      Class II - 5.9 miles long (Lovick Bridge to Grants Mill)
Gurley Creek, Blount / Jefferson County, 11 miles away
      Class II-III - 3.5 miles long (Narrows Road to State Route 79)
Whitewater Outfitter - Mountain High Outfitters, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Whitewater outfitter
Warrior River - Blackburn Fork, Blount County, 15 miles away
      Class I-III(V) - 4.5 miles long (Dirt Road off Route 15 to Route 1)
Yellowleaf Creek - North Fork, -blank- County, 15 miles away
      Class III+ - 1.5 miles long (Ivy Branch to Old Highway 280)
Chitwood Creek, Blount County, 18 miles away
      Class III-IV - 3.2 miles long (CR 1 to CR 33)
Warrior River - Calvert Prong of the Locust Fork, Blount County, 19 miles away
      Class II-III - 2.2 miles long (CR 33 to Deavers Town Road)
Warrior River - Locust Fork, Blount County, 24 miles away
      Class II-III+ - 7 miles long (US 231/79 to Nectar Bridge)
Warrior River - Locust Fork, Blount County, 24 miles away
      Class I-III - 10 miles long (CR 1 to US Route 231)
 Marinas Near Cahaba River:
Bud's Bait & Marina, Pell City , 15 miles away
Coosa Island Marina, Cropwell , 19 miles away
River's Edge Marina, Cropwell , 19 miles away
General Lee Marina and Camp, Pell City , 20 miles away
 Hotels Near Cahaba River:
Comfort Inn & Suites, Trussville , 3 miles away
Quality Inn Trussville, Trussville , 3 miles away
Holiday Inn Express & Suites BIRMINGHAM NE - TRUSSVILLE, Trussville , 3 miles away
Americas Best Value Inn Leeds Birmingham, Leeds , 4 miles away
Courtyard Birmingham Trussville, Birmingham , 4 miles away
 Campgrounds Near Cahaba River:
Holiday Travel Park, Leeds, 5 miles away
Alabama WMU Camp, Cook Springs, 12 miles away
Oak Mountain State Park, Birmingham, 18 miles away
 Public Lands Near Cahaba River:
Oak Mountain State Park, Alabama , 18 miles away
Rickwood Caverns State Park, Alabama , 25 miles away
 Golf Courses Near Cahaba River:
Trussville Country Club, Trussville , 1 miles away
River Oaks Golf & Country Club, Leeds , 5 miles away
Grayson Valley Country Club, Birmingham , 5 miles away
 Lakes Near Cahaba River
Ketona Lakes, Jefferson , 13 miles away
Highland Lake, Blount , 18 miles away
Logan Martin Lake, St. Clair , 20 miles away

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