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Building Momentum for a New Clinch River State Park

Momentum continues to build towards the establishment of a new Clinch River State Park. The park nearly came to fruition during the last session of the Virginia General Assembly; however, funding to acquire new core parkland was not included in the final version of the budget.

The proposal still enjoys strong support from Legislators, local communities, the recreational community, educators, and economic development specialists. “We look at it as a way to connect people to nature,
support local economies and educate people about the global importance of the Clinch River,” says TNC land protection specialist Steve Lindeman.

The vision for the park involves purchasing some 600 acres or more as a hub for traditional amenities
such as campsites and trails. The river itself would serve as the primary trail, with additional or
enhanced access points along its length and new interpretive materials to foster local pride and
educate visitors.

“The state park is exciting because it starts with the idea of getting more people onto the river for the benefit of local economies,” says TNC Clinch Valley director Brad Kreps. “Increased public access and use will raise awareness and appreciation of the river’s beauty, incredible number of rare species, and the role the Clinch plays in our region’s water quality.”