Located in the heart of central Alabama, Helena has a deep and rich history dating back to its initial incorporation in 1877, where the coal and iron industry began, bringing new development to the area. In the past twenty years, Helena has experienced rapid and steady growth and now boasts a population of over 17,000 residents. The city has worked to preserve its rich heritage while bringing new opportunities for residential, retail and commercial growth.
A visitor to Helena today would probably have no idea that it was once all but written off the map. One of the most thriving suburban communities in the Birmingham area, Helena is one of the special communities in shelby County that exemplifies the American Dream. A city with history, Helena had its share of dramatic experiences.
A drive around Helena today is a display of well planned, progressive development that includes some of the most prestigious and affordable housing in and around Birmingham – without the hassles.
With the creation of new restaurants, food markets, retail and specialty shops, the area is quickly becoming service oriented. The revitalization and restoration of Old Town Helena is also perking interest from individuals and potential businesses throughout central Alabama. While a quaint housing development along the banks of Buck Creek takes residents back to a more laid back period, businesses located along Main Street provide a relaxed shopping experience.
Don’t miss these attractions while visiting Helena!
- Old Town Helena
- Kenneth R. Penhale City of Helena Museum
- Cahaba Lily Park Nature Trail
- Canoe the Cahaba
- Hillsboro Walking Trail
- Joe Tucker Park
- Sonny Penhale Park
- Southern Balloon Journeys
- Main Street
- The Depot Restaurant
816 Hwy 52E, Helena, AL 35080 | (205) 663-2161