Last updated: January 16. 2014 2:33PM - 662 Views

Journal file photoNew improvements regarding the Hitchcock Creek Greenway and Blue Trail are expected in the coming months.
Journal file photoNew improvements regarding the Hitchcock Creek Greenway and Blue Trail are expected in the coming months.
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Matt Harrelson


mharrelson@civitasmedia.com


Local officials are committed to maintaining eco-tourism destinations in Richmond County.


Monty Crump, Rockingham city manager, spoke at Tuesday’s City Council meeting about a couple of local projects in Richmond County aimed at boosting tourism.


The Diggs Tract has officially opened, and the installation of a campground is the next step in providing outdoor recreation for visitors. A site has been selected and will be located within walking distance of the boat landing on a beautiful bluff just above the boat landing and easy access from road and parking areas, Crump said.


The Diggs Tract on the Pee Dee River will be a finish line for canoeists and kayakers who want to head down Hitchcock Creek.


“Visitors will be able to canoe or kayak down to the point and spend the night,” said Crump.


The city is partnering in this endeavor with the Wildlife Commission, and Crump said they want it to be operational in four to six months.


Also in the works are restroom facilities which are to be added to the Steele Street access of the Hitchcock Creek Greenway and Blue Trail. The project is in the planning stages and is expected to be completed by spring. Crump said that cost and operations information will be provided once plans are finalized for the restrooms.


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