With so many things to do on the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge, the hardest part will be choosing which to do first. The Refuge has many trails throughout that are perfect for both the avid hiker and the family looking for a day outing. From the newly renovated Piper Trail to the scenic views parallel to the running waters of the Refuge, the Refuge is sure not to disappoint.

So take a stroll or go for a full hike around the Refuge and see what all the beauty of nature has to offer!

For a complete guide to hiking on the Refuge, check back soon!


For an easy hike along the Cahaba River (including a detailed account of where to go, how long it will take, and pictures along the way), click here.


Hiking Tips:

  • Stay on the trails unless you are an experienced hiker and are familiar with the Refuge.
  • Comply with all signs and respect barriers.
  • Buddy up with two or three hikers (safety in numbers!)
  • Be considerate of others on the road or trail.
  • Keep the noise down.
  • Obtain a map of the Refuge and determine which areas are open to your type of travel. Always tell someone of your travel plans.
  • Check the weather forecast for your destination. Plan clothing, equipment, and supplies accordingly.
  • Carry a compass or a GPS unit and know how to use it.
  • Carry water and emergency supplies even on short hikes.
  • Choose appropriate footwear.
  • Carry a trash bag and pick up litter left by others.
  • Pack out what you pack in.
  • Repackage snacks and food in baggies. This reduces weight and the amount of trash to carry out.
  • Build a trail community. Get to know other types of recreationists that share your favorite trail.