A guided canoe trip down the Little Tennessee River will be held at 10 a.m. Friday, June 15, with the Land Trust for the Little Tennessee and The Wilderness Society.
The four-hour canoe trip will stop periodically on the tour to observe unique flora, fauna and areas of cultural significance along the river. The group will float down the Needmore Tract of the river, which is a 4,500-acre parcel that was preserved through local conservation efforts and is now managed as a N.C. Game Land. The tract encompasses 26 miles of the Little Tennessee River, 37 miles of tributary streams to the river and serves as the keystone to the forested corridor connecting the Nantahala and Cowee Mountain ranges. This section of the river is home to half of the native freshwater fish species and the greatest diversity of freshwater mussels in N.C.