Historic Markers Across Alabama

The Cahaba Heart River of Alabama

Marker ID: AHA 
Location: n Old Springville Road / County Road 30, Clay, Alabama
County: Jefferson
Coordinates: N 33° 44.034    W 086° 32.424
  33.7339    -86.5404
Style: Free Standing **
Waymark: None


On Cahaba Mountain to the NW, springs form a fragile stream that grows as it carves through the steep, rocky terrain of Birmingham suburbs, flowing south on the Gulf Coastal Plain to the Alabama River, at the site of Alabama's first capital, Cahawba. The Cahaba has sustained human life at least 10,000 years and remains a major drinking water source. It is known nationally for biological diversity and beauty and, at 191 miles, is Alabama's longest free flowing river. It nurtures 69 rare, imperiled aquatic species & the largest stand of shoals lilies on Earth.

Erected 2006 by Alabama Historical Association.

End of The Cahaba Heart River of Alabama