21st Century Parks Announces Opening of New Canoe Route

Posted by Spalding Hurst

July 22, 2011

New Route Provides Opportunity to Avoid Beckley Creek Park Construction Area

21st Century Parks, Inc is pleased to announce the opening of a new canoe launch on Floyds Fork. The new Cane Run Canoe Launch at 6500 Echo Trail Road will provide public paddling access to 3.5 mile section of the creek. The new paddling route begins at the existing Fisherville Canoe Launch (14305 Old Taylorsville Rd) and continues to the recently completed, temporary Cane Run Canoe Launch. The new access was developed to provide an alternative float section on Floyds Fork given that ongoing construction of Beckley Creek Park may provide temporary disruption and inconvenience to paddlers presently beginning their trips at William F. Miles Park.

“Paddlers on Floyds Fork should take advantage of this new section of water trail on Floyds Fork as it allows paddlers to avoid temporary construction activities and potential disruptions in the North Beckley Creek area. The new route provides paddlers with a beautiful float route through some of the most scenic and rugged parts of The Parklands.” Scott Martin, Parks Director

The Cane Run Canoe Launch is open from dawn to dusk daily. Maps displaying the location of the new launch, and directions on how to get there, are found at www.theparklands.org/construction and at the informational kiosks at William F. Miles Park Canoe Launch and Fisherville Canoe Launch.

Cane Run Canoe Launch Directions: (from Fisherville Canoe Launch) – turn left onto Old Taylorsville Road. Take the first right onto Hatmakers Lane. At Taylorsville Road, turn right. Continue to first light. Take a right onto Taylorsville Lake Road. Take the first right onto Routt Road. Take the next right onto Thurman Road, continue to intersection with Echo Trail Road – take a right. Cane Run Canoe Launch is one half mile down the road on the right.

21st Century Parks, established in 2004, is responsible for fund raising, land acquisition, construction, operations and maintenance of The Parklands of Floyds Fork. The new parks system is comprised of four parks linked by a park drive, a world class urban trail system and a 22-mile water trail, all tracing Floyds Fork, a classic Kentucky stream. In addition to numerous planned community spaces, The Parklands will preserve 80 percent of the land in natural habitat.

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