The University of Montevallo’s Ebenezer Swamp Ecological Preserve on Spring Creek in Shelby County is 60 acres of wooded wetlands used for teaching and research.
Spring Creek and Ebenezer Swamp form a portion of the headwaters for the ecologically diverse and environmentally sensitive Cahaba River Watershed .
The diversity of the Cahaba River’s fish population is greater than any other temperate river its size. Recognized as one of “Alabama’s Ten Natural Wonders,” the Cahaba is the longest free-flowing river in Alabama and has received attention from environmentalists throughout the nation.
Another entertaining feature of the site is a series of UM student sculptures along the boardwalk trail, which represent animals indigenous to the swamp. A giant egret, frog and dragonfly—designed and sculpted by University of Montevallo art students led by Professor Ted Metz—are also nestled among the trees at the mouth of the trail. The sculptures are made out of raw, recycled steel and are not coated or protected in any way, so the evolution of the sculptures mimics what happens naturally within the ecosystem of the swamp.
Explore the Preserve
Spring Creek, approximately 6 mi. NE of Univ. of Montevallo (corner of CR 24 & Stagecoach Rd.)
Open for self-guided tours from dawn to dusk (weather permitting)
If you’re exploring the area, make sure to proceed with caution; Ebenezer Swamp is also home to timber rattlesnakes, water moccasins, and copperheads.www.montevallo.edu
Source: Shelby County Tourism