Bibb County Attractions
Bibb County Lake
11147 Walter Owens Parkway, West Blocton, AL
Bibb County Lake is a 100-acre lake located 5 miles north of Centreville off Alabama Highway 5. Visit the website for more information. Contact the Lake Manager for the most current operating times and days.
Telephone: (205) 938-2124.
Brierfield Ironworks Historical Park
240 Furnace Parkway, Brierfield, AL
The park is dedicated to the Bibb County iron ruins that propelled Alabama into the ranks of one of the top iron producers in the world. Over four hundred of these ovens were built in the 1880s to heat coal into coke, an essential ingredient in iron production. The coke was transported by rail for use in the furnaces and foundries in the Bessemer, Birmingham and Anniston areas. The quality of iron coming from this Alabama ironworks so impressed the confederate government at Richmond that they purchased the works. Destroyed once by the Federal Tenth Missouri Cavalry, they were resurrected only to be destroyed again by new iron making technologies introduced in Birmingham.
Admission: Adults & children $2, Seniors $1; 5 & under free
Telephone: (205) 665-1856
Cahaba River Wildlife Refuge
Located approximately six miles east of West Blocton on County Road 24.
Established in 2002, the Cahaba River National Wildlife Refuge helps to protect the biological heart of the Cahaba River. Thirteen federally threatened or endangered species occur within the refuge boundaries. Over 20,000 people visit the refuge annually to enjoy fishing, hunting, wildlife observation and other compatible wildlife dependent activities. Most visitors come during the mid-May to mid-June period to see the flowering of the Cahaba lily (Hymenocallis coronaria). The Refuge contains a vehicle accessible road along the river and a parking area with access to trails and river access.
Coke Ovens Park, West Blocton, AL
Four batteries of historic coke ovens once used to produce large coal blocks for iron and steel foundries in Jefferson Co. West Blocton Historic Beehive Coke Ovens propelled Alabama into the ranks of one of the top iron producers in the world. Over four hundred of these ovens were built in the 1880s to heat coal into coke, an essential ingredient in iron production. The coke was transported by rail for use in the furnaces and foundries in the Bessemer, Birmingham and Anniston areas. Visit the website for a complete chronological history of significant events for the West Blocton Historic Beehive Coke Ovens.
Golden Club Arum Colony
Follow Hwy 14 E. to Hwy 183 E for six miles after crossing Cahaba River. This is believed to be on of the largest colonies of Golden Club Arum in North America. May be viewed at any time but blooming period is April.
Holiday Race Way
Highway 5 & 11 near Exit 97, Woodstock, AL
Raceway opens every Saturday night during race season. Three bracket classes in Pro-Bracket Foot brake, and four brackets in Jr. Dragster.
Admission: $5 on Thursday/$10 on Saturday, Special Events $15 and up
The amenities at Payne Lake make a perfect base of operations for exploring the lower Cahaba. Primitive and RV camping, swimming, biking and hiking opportunities are tucked conveniently away in the heart of the Talladega National Forest. The Payne Lake campground hugs the picturesque lakeshore, offering a tranquil setting, hookups, boating, swimming and bank fishing. The campground also offers a pleasant 1.5-mile trail and two sandy beaches. Rate: $16 per day - electric and water hookups; $10 per day - water hookups; $6 per day - no hookups; Maximum Stay Permitted (days): 14.
Talladega National Forest
(Oakmulgee Division Ranger Office)
9901 Highway 5, Brent, AL
Talladega National Forest, Oakmulgee Division provides access to the outdoors as few ever get to experience it. Miles of backwood roads await the hunter, camper, hiker, naturalist and
horseback rider. Hosts the Prothonotory Warbler and the state’s largest population of Red-Cockaded Woodpeckers. The Forest is considered a destination for both large and small game hunting. Hunting activity is often prevalent during the fall and spring. The Forest is closed to ATV use except for those licensed for highway use or under a Special Use Permit Location for site specific information for outdoor activities in the Forest.
Hours: 8 am to 4 pm – Monday - Friday
Telephone: (205) 926-9765
Tannehill Ironworks Historical Park
12632 Confederate Parkway, McCalla, AL
Tannehill Ironworks Historical State Park has more than 1,500 acres in three counties set aside for hiking, camping and outdoor recreation. A miniature railroad chugs through the pines. From spring through fall, the blacksmith, miller and craftsmen demonstrate their trades. Craft shops occupy restored pioneer cabins and artisans chat with visitors from their front porches. Steeped in history, Tannehill feels timeless. The cotton gin, pioneer farm and working gristmill preserve a long-gone way of life. Hiking trails retrace historic roadways. Artifacts of Alabama’s 19th century iron industry displayed in the Iron and Steel Museum put in perspective the massive stone furnaces, Tannehill’s awe-inspiring centerpiece. It is difficult to take in all of Tannehill in one visit. Come again and come often to enjoy the special appeal of each season. Campground accommodations, both primitive and improved, are plentiful. Horseback riding excursions are available at Tannehill Trails.
Telephone: (205) 477-5711
Uptown Centreville Historic Square
Highway 25, Centreville, AL
Beautiful buildings line the late nineteenth century square and overlooks the Cahaba River.
Shopping, dining, and strolling the streets are offered on the square.