(WBIR-Knoxville) A group of county employees are working to bring attention to a great recreational opportunity in Knox county and they want to know what you think about it.
The Stormwater Management office is working to create the Beaver Creek Blueway, a paddling trail that they hope to one day stretch for 40 miles.
The first phase of the trail will cover 6 miles of Beaver Creek in the heart of Karns. They will use existing county land to make boat landings at Harrell Road and the Karns Sports Park on Oak Ridge Highway. The blueway would someday reach from Maynardville Highway to Melton Hill Lake.
The plan calls for removing debris jams, controlling erosion and improving the water quality.
The water was running fast and high on Tuesday, but under normal flows it will be a quiet paddling trip for canoes and kayaks down a lazy creek.
County employees see this as a way to continue to grow recreation opportunities in the area.
"To improve an already existing resource to where people can get out there and do it. It's safer. Educate the public that it's there. The opportunity is there to do it and with that people can get out and start enjoying it. Hopefully take care of Beaver Creek. Keep it clean and see it improve," said Heath Haun, Knox Co. Stormwater Management.
Knox County is hosting a public meeting at the Karns Community Center on Oak Ridge Highway, Tuesday night from 6:00 to 7:30. Maps and other information will be on display during the meeting, and citizens can ask questions about the proposed blueway.