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Guided Overnight Canoe Tour in Perry County with Cahaba River Society

October 21, 2023


Cahaba River Society
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Old Cahawba Archaeological Park
9518 Cahaba Rd
Orrville, AL 36767 United States
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Below Centreville, the Cahaba River is much wider and more meandering than the stretches in the central and northern regions of the watershed. Late Cretaceous melting of ice caps led to what is known as the Mississippi Embayment, a shallow sea that covered much of the southeastern US. As these waters receded they left behind soils that were much sandier and more easily eroded. The edge of this 65 million year old sea is called the “Fall Line” in Alabama. It is the boundary between the harder rocks of the Appalachian Highlands and the softer soils of the Coastal Plain. As the Cahaba River reaches these soft soils in the Coastal Plain, it is able to stretch and meander across the landscape more easily, leading to a wider river. The roughly 12 mile stretch we will paddle this weekend is as scenic and remote as any state wilderness area. The land along the river holds beautifully intact riparian forest leading to some spectacular wildlife.