Other smaller patches of lilies
Shelby and Bibb County
- Just downstream from Helena's park are
small patches of Cahaba lilies, some of which you could walk
to but the sign at the end of the park now says "no
trespassing". Alabama Small Boats offers a popular Buck
Creek canoe rental trip
but it's not worth it just for
the few lilies you would see.
- I've been told there is a nice patch of
lilies not far down river from the bridge where the Caldwell
Mill Road crosses the Cahaba River. You'll need a canoe for
- This small creek flows into Lay
Lake. The lilies are only accessible by crossing private
property. I imagine they could also be reached by canoe from
Lay Lake but am not sure how practical that would be.
- I have read that some Cahaba
lilies are there.
Tallapoosa river - a few scattered lilies are near
Peters Island. Some are at Irwin Shoals just upstream fro
the last navigable water on Lake Martin. Lilies can also be
found upstream from Horseshoe Bend National Park and Jay
Bird Creek on the Tallapoosa.
Near Peters Island
Entichopco creek - I've read that some are there.
- The Locust Fork of the Black
Warrior River offers at least two populations of lilies. One
is in the Standridge Bend area on the lower river, with two
other stands farther upstream in the Susan Moore area. Bloom
time may be a little later here than on the Cahaba and Hatchet
- I've read there are some Cahaba lilies
on the Mulberry Fork of the Black Warrior River there but I'm
not for certain. Bloom time may be a little later here than on
the Cahaba and Hatchet Creek.
Cahaba lilies outside of Alabama
The three largest remaining populations of Cahaba lilies are
located in the Cahaba River in Alabama, the Catawba River in
South Carolina, and in the Flint River in Georgia.
Outside of Alabama they are known by variations of names such
as the "shoal lily" or "rocky shoals spider lily".
Significant populations remain in the Savannah River basin,
with three in the main channel and one each in the tributaries
of Stevens Creek in South Carolina and the Broad River in
Georgia. The Catawba has one very large population within the
Landsford Canal State Park; and the Flint has four, from
Yellow Jacket Shoals to Hightower Shoals.
Langsford Canal State Park - South Carolina