Heritage Partners of Cherokee County
River Walk Happenings:
Watch for the continued progress, as in addition to ongoing trail maintenance and enhancement
activities the project team has been focused on the following projects:
•New in 2015-16: Native Landscape Enchancements - in partnership with the Dub & Murray
Martin Foundation (grant), and the Hanging Dog Valley Nursery (Johnny & Pam Strawn), you will be
seeing even MORE beauty in the River Walk's natural/native landscape. After all, it's what the
River Walk, and its benefits to this community, is all about.
•New in 2015: Outdoor Performance Pavilion - in partnership with the Cherokee County Arts Council
(CCAC), the River Walk is proud to announce the NEW outdoor performance pavilion, located behind
the Old L&N Depot and Old Hackney Warehouse. WOW! The June Arts, Rivers & Music festival
was its first public event use - the performers and crowd loved it!
•New in 2014-15: On Trail Directional Signage- constructed from re-claimed cedar from trees lost
from the Doyle's Cedar Hill Restaurant property in the tornado that hit a few years back,
on-trail directional signage has and continues to be added for identification and way-finding
on the various trail segments. The signs are hand-crafted and installed by volunteers.
•New in 2014-15: Covered Bridge, a TVA project on the River Walk - constructed in 2014 by the
Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) under the direction of Kemmy Garrett
is the new covered bridge connecting the Fisherman's Loop
with the main trail. The River Walk assumed responsibility for staining the new bridge, as well
as its continued maintenance and upkeep.
•3rd printing in 2014: River Walk Map Brochure - with the first and second printings gobbled
up, funds from The Cherokee County Tourism Development Authority (TDA)
were secured for a trail map brochure update and reprint. The latest brochure/maps
can be found here on line (top left links), or in hard copy at the Murphy Visitors Center downtown
on Tennessee Street, the Cherokee County Chamber of Commerce on the 4-lane, or at the
Hiwassee Valley Pool & Wellness Center at Konehete Park, in Murphy.
•New in 2013-2014: The Fisherman's Loop - clean up of this area just below the Health Dept
was completed in 2013, with an access trail to the Valley River that followed, making way
for a new trail loop on the Valley River and a connecting bridge to the trail down the road.
Thanks to the Dub and Murray Martin Cherokee and Clay County Trust for the start up grant
in 2013 towards the cost of this project.
A Footbridge Over the River [photo courtesy of Nic Oliver]
•New in 2012-2013: Confluence Loop & Hiwassee River Overlook Construction - the Confluence
loop at the convergence of the Valley and Hiwassee rivers forming Lake Hiwassee is one of the most
beautiful scenic areas on the trail. An overlook deck out on to the Hiwassee River also has been
completed, not far from the Old L&N Depot trail head. Grants were awarded by the Dub and Murray Martin
Cherokee and Clay Counties Trust toward the cost of these projects.
•New in 2012: Interpretive Signage Stations - The River Walk now features both heritage and
ecological interpretive signage along the trail. A grant was awarded in 2011 by the OEO
Small Growing Opportunities grant program for the project, and a prior grant from the
Cherokee Heritage Foundation for the Leech Place overlook signage.
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Heritage Partners of Cherokee County
P.O. Box 1152
Murphy, NC 28906