Have you ever sat next to a Cahaba Lily? Try it at the Cahaba Lily Festival this Saturday. (Photos)

Sitting amongst Cahaba lilies. Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society.

Here is an idea for your bucket list. Visit the Cahaba Lilies (here are the directions). Bring a friend, loved one or family member and take a selfie sitting  amongst the lilies.

Do it soon. The Cahaba Lilies only bloom between mid-May to mid-June.

Bailie Clark and David Hildebrand. Photo courtesy of Bailie Clark.

Better yet, attend the Cahaba Lily Festival in West Blocton. Immerse yourself in “lily lore.” Watch the crowning of the Cahaba Lily queen, listen to all the incredible work being done to protect the lilies and then visit the lilies. You won’t regret it.

Here is the Cahaba Lily Festival agenda and flyer with the details.

8:00 am – Registration Begins
9:10 am – Morning Program Begins in Cahaba Lily Center
9:30 am – Greetings and Updates
10:30 am – “Romancing the Lily” – Dr. Larry Davenport, Professor of Biology, Samford University
11:40 am – Lunch for Registered Guests – No Take Outs, Please. (Contributions welcomed and appreciated)

Bailie Clark and Payton H Stantis. Photo courtesy of Bailie Clark.

Afternoon Activities

1:00 – 3:00 pm – Visit the lilies. Canoe rentals available from the Cahaba River Society– $20
1:15 – 3:00 pm – West Blocton Beehive Coke Ovens Park Tours
3:00 pm – Story Telling and Musical Entertainment in Cahaba Lily Center

Cahaba Lily Center is at 1012 Main Street – West Blocton, Alabama.

One last enticement. Courtesy of the Cahaba River Society – here are some photos documenting the pure joy and wonder the Cahaba lilies provide.

Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society
Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society
Photo courtesy of the Cahaba River Society

Author: Pat Byington

Longtime conservationist. Former Executive Director at the Alabama Environmental Council and Wild South. Publisher of the Bama Environmental News for more than 18 years. Career highlights include playing an active role in the creation of Alabama's Forever Wild program, Little River Canyon National Preserve, Dugger Mountain Wilderness, preservation of special places throughout the East through the Wilderness Society and the strengthening (making more stringent) the state of Alabama's cancer risk and mercury standards.