Paddling Trail In Jacksonville
The public is invited to help open the new Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail at a launch event on March 21.
UPDATE. Due to recent rains causing a rise in the river, this event is rescheduled for May 30.
The Jacksonville Chamber of Commerce partnered with Texas Parks and Wildlife in designating the Cherokee Neches Paddling Trail. Other partners are Neches River Run Park, Texas Conservation Alliance and Friends of the Neches River.
They host the launch event beginning at 11 a.m. at the put-in location for the trail in Neches River Run Park.
The launch event includes the unveiling of an information kiosk and a ribbon cutting on the river to dedicate the trail. Attendees are then encouraged to paddle the Cherokee Neches Trail at any time.
From its starting point at Neches River Run Park, the trail continues downstream on the Neches River to the take-out location at Highway 79. The seven-mile paddle usually takes the average paddler with normal river conditions about three hours. Informational kiosks about the Cherokee Neches Trail stand at the put-in and take-out locations.
According to the Outdoor Industry Association, kayaking and canoeing are the fastest growing segments in outdoor recreation. The Cherokee Neches Trail provides water enthusiasts an outdoor opportunity to view the historic Neches River up close and personal. Its designation as a State Paddling Trail is likely to draw tourists from all over the state and the nation.
For more information about the event, call the Jacksonville Chamber at 903.586.2217, 800.376.2217, or go to jacksonvilletexas.com. To reserve a rental canoe or to arrange transportation for those with a boat, call Neches River Run Park (riverrunpark.com) at 903.724.4100.
For more information about paddling trails, visit the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department website at tpwd.texas.gov/fishboat/boat/paddlingtrails.