Thursday, August 20, 2009

Announcing a New River Access!

Enjoy the thrill of paddling at Eggleston Falls? Now it is even easier to get to with the addition of a new river access at the Smith River Sports Complex of Irisburg Road in Axton.

The new canoe/kayak access was completed this week and a grand opening ceremony for it and the complex will be held this Sunday from 2-6 p.m.

The access was funded by the Harvest Foundation and is operated by Henry County Parks & Recreation. It is located on the river between the South Martinsville and Marrowbone Creek River Access ramps. Watch for more amenities to be added in the next few weeks including: landscaping, trashcans, signage, and benches.

The access is open seven days a week from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m, and ample parking is available. Due to the fact that it is located inside the gates of the Sports Complex, the access will be closed at night. If you foresee that you might be on the river after 8 p.m. it is recommended that you plan to park your shuttle vehicles in the parking lot outside the gate or at another access point.

Even if you are not parking at this access, it makes for a great stop to take a break mid-way on your paddle. While at the Sports Complex be sure to take a walk on the two miles of trail that wander through the property, stop by the concession stand for a cold drink and snack, and visit their state of the art, modern, playground.

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