Dyersburg residents are excited about a new River Center and a paddle trail on the Forked Deer River. The 39-mile water trail connects the North Forked Deer River to the Mississippi, and may be extended all the way to Memphis. The trail and River Center give residents a way to enjoy activities on the water and learn about the importance of a healthy local environment. It is also expected to help businesses promote their tourism, recreation, and education related products. Experts from the National Park Service Rivers, Trails, and Conservation Assistance program helped determine the best sites for boat launches, campsites, rest stops, and sign placement while also recommending effective construction methods that keep the river safe from harm.
Photo: Paddlers get ready to launch on the Forked Deer River