A Visit To Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail

hitchcok creek blue trailLast week, my colleagues and I met with our partners on the Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail in Rockingham, North Carolina.

Until recently, a dam degraded Hitchcock Creek and blocked migrating fish from spawning habitat and prevented the community from safely enjoying their river through boating and fishing. With American Rivers’ help, the community removed this dam and have begun planning for a blue trail to improve recreational opportunities and to protect its riverside land.

So far, the city has acquired 100 acres of bottomland forest along the trail and purchased two trail access areas and a boat launch. The blue trail will connect with a new greenway project underway. Shortly after our visit, we got word that Governor Perdue announced financial assistance to the city to remove the remaining debris from the dam and other navigation hazards. You can read more about the project.

This summer, we will have a state-of-the-art, waterproof map completed along with an event on the river to celebrate with the community. The Hitchcock Creek Blue Trail is another way American Rivers is reconnecting communities to their rivers and helping them to protect these valuable assets.

How is your town working to create ways for your community to connect with its waterways?