The University of Alabama Center for Economic Development (UACED) launched the Cahaba Blueway initiative over six years ago dedicating staff and resources to empower the sustainable management of Alabama’s longest substantially free-flowing river as a marketable outdoor recreation destination. UACED’s work elevated the public awareness, provided the design guidelines for the needed infrastructure, and supported local programing.
The Cahaba Blueway program will celebrate the fall of 2018 with the official designation of 13 Cahaba Blueway access points, installation of Cahaba Blueway wayfinding signage, and the launch of a website at cahabablueway.org. The Alabama Trails Foundation is working closely with UACED as financial manager for the Cahaba Blueway funds. Additional supporting organizations include Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Alabama, Shelby County, and the Alabama Trails Commission.