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Canton’s Great Outdoors

Outdoor adventures in the "Coolest Small Town in America" abound. Here's what you need to know to plan some fun with your family without ever leaving Canton!

Make a Splash!

* Explore the Etowah River
Bring your tubes, rafts, or kayaks to adventure down the Etowah River, which flows right through Canton. There are kayak launches at Boling Park and Etowah River Park. You can also rent nonmotorized watercraft from Murphs Surf, which provides shuttles to put-in and take-out locations.

* Lake Canton
Grab a parking pass for $5 and enjoy this pristine 411-acre reservoir with 15 miles of shoreline. You'll find the public access area near the intersection of Bluffs Parkway and Fate Conn Road. Open 7:00am-8:00pm through Labor Day, bring your electric powered boats as well as kayaks or canoes. Lake Canton rules can be found online at Those who love to cast a line can fish for bream, crappie, catfish, bass, and shad. 

For the Land Lovers

* Etowah River Trail
Walk, run, or ride on this popular paved path from Heritage Park to Etowah River Park and then all the way under I-575 to the train trestle and city limits of Canton. There are benches along the way for visitors to rest and enjoy the meandering Etowah River. 

Kids will love the brand new playground addition at Heritage Park, which has a turf surface. And both Heritage Park and Etowah River Park now have public restrooms. There is also a concession stand at Etowah River Park where visitors can purchase refreshments.

Coming Soon, the Etowah River Trail's western connection between Heritage Park and Boling Park is currently being constructed. Several sections of the trail have been built as part of a sewer main replacement project. Currently, contractors are working to complete bridge placement along a number of creek crossings near the Waleska Street bridge. Later this summer, the connector from the trail to Anderson Avenue will provide direct access from Heritage Park back to the Waleska Street bridge and to downtown/The Mill on Etowah. Engineers are currently working on designs for bank stabilization on the steepest area of the new trail. Staff is hopeful to have the 
project completed by the end of 2023.

The City has also received a grant of more than $600K for the construction of a pedestrian bridge over the Etowah River, connecting the new western portion of the trail with The Mill on Etowah in downtown Canton. 

* Canton City Parks
In addition to Heritage and Etowah River Parks, Canton is home to several other parks including Boling Park, Brown Park, Burge Park, Cannon Park, Harmon Park (currently undergoing extensive renovations), and McCanless Park. Plus, the City of Canton is in the planning phases of the first park in south Canton, which will be between Pine Crest and Ivey Drive. Can you check a visit to each of these Canton parks off your summer fun list this month? 

Destination Canton
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