• Gwyneth Moody colors in the Tugaloo River on the Georgia Water Trails Network map.

Tugaloo officially developing water trail

    Tugaloo River is officially on the Map!
    At the end of last Thursday’s meeting with the Toccoa-Stephens County community residents, Gwyneth Moody, director of program and outreach for the Georgia River Network, took an orange marker and drew in the Tugaloo River on a map of the State of Georgia.     
     “This makes if official. The Tugaloo River is a developing Water Trail in Georgia. It also means that the Tugaloo River in Stephens County will be listed among some pretty important rivers in Georgia: the Yellow River, the Broad River, the Flint River, Altamaha River, Chattahoochee River, Chattooga River, Etowah River, Ocmulgee River, Okefenokee Wilderness, Satilla River, Toccoa River and many more,” Moody said.
    Tim Hale, chairman for the Stephens County Foundation (SFC), the group that is underwriting the first phase of the development of the Tugaloo River Water Trail, opened the meeting with a passionate story about when he was a young man paddling many of the rivers in Georgia before the Clean Water Act.
    “There was a time when industries dumped waste into our rivers making them unsafe,” said Hale.
    “I would paddle a river and see...

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