Mitchell Ford river access gets makeover thanks to TDEC grant
By Rima Austin | July 26, 2018 6:13 am
Last Updated: July 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm
Through a Tennessee Economic Development and Tourism Grant grant, Mitchell Ford river access recently received a makeover.
Directions for Mitchell Ford river access are: From the courthouse, head south on South Young Street 9.2 miles. The road name will change from South Young Street to Hickory Valley Road. When you cross Frasier Bridge, the access will be on the left.
A walkway bridge has been installed over the ravine that leads to the riverbed where hundreds of people every year put in their canoes and kayaks.
A day-use area has also been constructed to make the area more user friendly. According to Sparta-White County Chamber of Commerce President Marvin Bullock, while driving by the area, on July 18, he noticed a lot of cars in the parking area. He went on to say that when he asked visitors how they heard about the spot, they replied they found it on exploresparta.com.
“Explore Sparta is bringing in a huge amount of traffic,” said Bullock. “We really want to get the word out [about this spot] to locals as well.” Bullock said he remembers when the bridge was not there and how much trouble it was to carry his kayak through the ravine.
“I’ve done it without that bridge,” said Bullock. “This is much, much, much better.”