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Shades Creek is located in Central Alabama, USA and is a tributary of the Cahaba River, one of the most diverse rivers in the United States. Shades Creek is 55.8 miles long and runs through five cities that make up the metro area of Birmingham, Alabama. Those cities are: Irondale, Birmingham, Mountain Brook, Homewood, Hoover, and Bessemer, all in Jefferson County. Shades Creek enters the Cahaba River at the Bibb/Shelby County line. (Maps courtesy of “Shades Creek, Flowing through Time,” by the Birmingham Historical Society: by Marjorie L. White (Author), Katherine M. Tipton Birgit Kibelka, Julius E. Linn Jr., Brian Rushing)