BRWA Mission
Briar's Landing

Briar’s Landing: Family-Friendly Public Access to the Broad River

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Briar's Landing Canoe Lilies

Public Access

The Broad River Watershed Association is sponsoring the first public canoe launch in the northern section of the Broad River. Briar's Landing, at the Highway 72 bridge in Madison County, will be part of a 70 mile long Broad River Water Trail, the water equivalent of a hiking trail from Franklin County to Lincoln County. The ribbon cutting for the launch is scheduled for November 30, 2016.
Briar's Landing will provide off-road parking and a stepped ramp for easier and safer portage of boats to and from the river. Kiosks will provide information about the river and surrounding area and reinforce river etiquette, respect for private property along the river, and the importance of "leaving no trace."

BRWA received a grant from the Riverview Foundation (Chattanooga TN) to buy the land and commission an engineering survey and site plan; however, we need to raise an estimated additional $30,000 for labor and materials to construct the ramp and parking area. BRWA volunteers will be contacting local businesses, citizens, and municipalities in Madison, Oglethorpe, Elbert and Clarke Counties for donations in the form of cash, material (gravel, lumber, rip-rap), or work in kind. A limited number of exclusive corporate sponsorships will also be available for monetary or material donations.

Briar's Landing is named in memory of Briar Newsome, a 15 year old Oglethorpe County boy who loved the Broad River and the outdoor world he discovered there. It is our hope that the boats launched from Briar's Landing will introduce future generations to the joys of floating a river.

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