Mitchell Ford river access gets makeover thanks to TDEC grant

By | July 26, 2018 6:13 am

Last Updated: July 26, 2018 at 3:17 pm

A walkway bridge has been installed over the ravine that leads to the riverbed.

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

“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.”

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  1. Comment by Debbie

    July 27, 2018 at 7:31 pm

    After reading this story my husband and I decided to ride out to see the new bridge. Have to admit I was a little disappointed. Not with the bridge or why it was there, but you have this great parking area and it hasn’t been mowed in a while. Surely the county or someone could take care of the area since the money was spent to make this area more accessible. Also, no signage to show you where to turn so not the easiest thing to fine.

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