at the Cahaba River in Alabama, while studying species health and richness.
coosa crayfish at the Cahaba River in Alabama, while studying species health and richness. © Carlton Ward Jr.

Places We Protect

Pratt's Ferry

Alabama

Pratt's Ferry preserve is an ideal location to put in a canoe on the Cahaba River.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site

The Cahaba River is a landscape site for The Nature Conservancy in Alabama. This site contains unique features and species found along this river.

What the Conservancy is Doing

The Conservancy is working to control invasive plant species, contain erosion, and control the trash-dumping problem at the preserve area. The site functions as a popular canoe launch.

Why You Should Visit

Pratt's Ferry Preserve is located along a rocky limestone slope on the south bank of the Cahaba River in Bibb County. The area is lush in the spring and summer with a variety of wildflowers. The site also offers an ideal location to put in or take out a canoe on the Cahaba River. For instructions on vehicle access to the unloading area email alpreserveaccess@tnc.org.

What to See: Plants

Several wildflowers, including the rare Alabama croton and Nevius' stonecrop, are protected on the preserve. The Alabama Croton is a shrub that grows to about 6-8 feet tall. It grows on rocky limestone slopes and cliffs, under stunted red cedar-oak-hickory forest, overlooking water. The Alabama Croton is only found in the Cahaba and Black Warrior watersheds.

This preserve is open to the public during daylight hours. Visitors can park at the entrance gate and walk to the Little Cahaba River. Planned events allow visitors to participate in stewardship and educational activities throughout the year. For more information, call 205-251-1155 or e-mail ktassin@tnc.org.