Knox County Mayor Glenn Jacobs announced Friday the county is committing $452,000 to clear Beaver Creek and construct new kayak put-ins for a water trail.
The new Knox County Water Trail will run for 44 miles upon completion, from Halls to Hardin Valley through Powell, Karns and the Solway areas, Jacobs said.
It'll be "one of the best waterways in the Southeast," the mayor proclaimed.
It'll also help with flood control in North Knox County and improve Beaver Creek's water quality.
The Beaver Creek Water Trail first opened in 2017, and is currently a five-mile stretch of Beaver Creek, running from Harrell Road Stormwater Demonstration park to the Northwest Sports Complex.
People who want to paddle should drop a car off at the Karns Senior Center, to use at the end of the water trail.
**Editor's note: The attached video to this story is an archived report from 2017, which shows when the trail first opened.**