Until 2013, each of the major rivers in the area - the Hiwassee, Nottely and Valley - had an 11+ mile length where no
public access existed. Not only did this create safety and trespass problems but the more adventurous users, but it
also limited the general ability for people to enjoy them.
In 2013, the Hiwassee River Watershed Coalition received funding from the Appalachian Regional Commission's Toolbox
Implementation Fund to develop a plan for improving public access to rivers and lakes in Cherokee and Clay counties, North Carolina.
The Hiwassee River Watershed Recreational Access Plan and this
online mapping and trip planning web site were developed using the grant.
HRWC continues to work with various partners to secure and develop additional public access according to the
priorities outlined in the plan. The G. Forest Hargett River Access Fund was begun in May 2013 to
insure long-term funding for river access in the Hiwassee River watershed.
Whatever your favorite water-based recreational activities are, we hope you enjoy the waters of the Hiwassee River
HRWC Executive Director