Watauga Gorge Park

Thanks to Watauga County’s tremendous staff, led by JV Potter, the construction of Watauga Gorge Park is well underway. If you get a chance, take a look at this new park located at the intersection of Hwy. 321 and Old Watauga River Road. This park is adjacent to the concrete bridge that crosses the Watauga River just before Trash Can Falls.

This facility, which is being constructed using a grant from the NC Recreation Trails Program, will include 10 parking spaces, a shelter, and a canoe launch. The WCTDA hopes to open the park this fall. The photos below were taken on June 17, 2011.

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2 responses to “Watauga Gorge Park

  1. Dave Robertson

    Eric, Great news, and thanks to Rob and Beverly Holton for their generosity in making this happen. Thanks also to you for your design work and overall project coordination.

    Could you post a link to some information on canoeing/kayaking on this section of river? I know there is a big, dangerous rapid soon after put in that can only be run by the most experienced boaters, but what about the rest of this section for recreational kayakers, like me? I assume a portage around that beast of a rapid is easy to spot and navigate?

    Will the new parking area have a map of the river and a sign warning folks about the big rapid?

    • We have some major risk management work to do well before we consider opening this park. I hope to put together a map for this river section in the near, which identify the portage area. As always, thanks for your support!

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