Duke Energy awards grant for Smokies Blueways Trail initiative to map recreational water features

An $85,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation will help create a North Carolina “Smokies Blueways Trail will link the paddling, fishing, swimming and boating spots on rivers and lakes in the region under one banner,” Andrew Casper of the Smoky Mountain News reports:

The mountains rising above the valleys have long been the main attraction for tourists planning a trip to Western North Carolina, but a regional initiative between local government and private entities is looking to capitalize on the recreational potential riding on the rivers beneath.

The creation of a N.C. Smokies Blueways Trail will link the paddling, fishing, swimming and boating spots on rivers and lakes in the region under one banner. …

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