Moore’s Bridge Park Open To The Public On November 4th

(Whitesburg, Georgia) – Chairman Marty Smith and the Carroll County Board of Commissioners are pleased to announce the opening of the Moore’s Bridge Park on November 4, 2016. Funding for the newly developed park was provided through Special Purpose Local Option Sales Tax (SPLOST) dollars designated for greenspace acquisition and a Land and Water Conservation Fund (LWCF) grant.

“It’s a great day for Carroll County to be able to allow our citizens and visitors an opportunity to experience a portion of the park long before the entire development has been completed,” said Chairman Marty Smith. “Thanks to Interim Parks Director Ben Skipper for working with the Board of Commissioners and staff in completing a good vision that will allow access to the park now while the rest of the park still needs design and funding that will take much more time and effort to complete.”

The County purchased the 485-acre site, located near Whitesburg in southeastern Carroll County, buffering 1.4 miles along the Chattahoochee River, in 2009 for the purpose of conserving the historic significance of the site and to develop the property into a passive recreation park.

Phase one of the park includes development of 250 of the 485 acres. Current park features are nature trails for hiking, as well as equestrian use, picnic tables, comfort stations, and a boat ramp into the Chattahoochee. Visitors to the new park may now launch their kayaks and canoes at Moore’s Bridge and travel eight miles on the Chattahoochee’s Blue Water Trail to McIntosh Reserve where they can remove their vessels at the Reserve’s boat ramp.

The public can access the park through the northern entrance located off Black Dirt Road.
The park will be available for day use only, being open seven days a week from dawn to dusk. There will be no attendant or gatekeeper on site, visitors will enter the park through an automatic gate with an honor box provided to pay parking fees. The price of a parking pass to enter the park will be the same as all other County parks – five dollars per car. Annual County Parks parking passes will be honored.

Though the park is now open, it won’t be “complete” for many years. There are plans for additional amenities in Phase Two, which will be done in the future. Many miles of hiking trails are left to be built, along with an equestrian trail system. There are also plans for preserving the Civil War, African American, and Native American history of the site, including the historic James Moore house and the site of the historic wooden bridge, built by Horace King, that once crossed the Chattahoochee River.
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