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Better Holston River Access

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Legacy Parks Foundation is raising funds to create greater access to the Holston River close to the Knox County line. Once purchased, the property will become a new Knox County Park, ideal for fishing, boat access and picnicking. The property is located off the Andrew Johnson Highway on Old Strawberry Plains Pike, and offers a stunning view of the unique McBee Bridge.

The acquisition of this property furthers Legacy Parks goal of creating access points at roughly seven-mile intervals on the Holston and French Broad rivers make recreational use to these rivers more feasible and enjoyable for Knoxville residents and visitors.

History lovers and will find that this area is significant because it was the site of the McBee Ferry that transported people across the river before the bridge was built in the 1930s. Remains from the operation can still be found along the shoreline. Also nearby along the river, the Civil War Battle of Strawberry Plains took place. Trout fishermen are to benefit too. Legacy Parks currently has the property under contract with the owner, and hopes to raise $75,000 to purchase the acreage.