River Access Points

The City of Eden has competed construction on two new river access sites.

Island Ford & Draper Landing River Access Sites

The Island Ford Landing River Access Site, at the Smith River Greenway, and the Draper Landing River Access Site, at the east Highway 700 bridge, are available to use although there is still some minor landscaping to be completed. Ribbon cuttings will be held in August. Additional information on these events will be made available at a later date.

The completions of these two projects make three river access sites that have been developed and are maintained by the city. The first site that was created is the Leaksville Landing River Access Site, which is located on Hamilton Street.

The City of Eden and the Eden River Development Committee have worked very hard over the past several years to locate and develop river access sites in Eden. These sites have been built to benefit our citizens and to help promote tourism around the two wonderful rivers that run through the city. We are taking advantage of these rivers to help bring visitors to Eden. These visitors will stay in our motels and hotels, eat in our restaurants and patronize other businesses here, which has a positive economic impact on Eden.

For more information on the city's river access sites, please call the Parks and Recreation Department at 336-623-2110, option 3.

Other Resources

For "all things Dan River," download the free Adventures in the Dan River Basin (PDF) by Forrest Altman. Altman takes readers through every aspect of the basin's development, from the Triassic-era fossils of dinosaur forerunners through the cultures of Native Americans and early European settlers, and on to a comprehensive mile-by-mile guide to the basin's rivers today. He offers a thorough list of festivals, events, and other natural and heritage attractions, along with contact information. His book, The Dan River Book, Odyssey, Epic, Guide, and The Dan River Atlas, by William E Trout, III, are available from the DRBA Store.

Another excellent source of information is Paddling Eastern North Carolina with Paul Ferguson. This expanded 2nd edition of the guide has added over 600 miles of an already extensive list for rivers, creeks, swamps, whitewater and flatwater and includes trip descriptions and maps.

Canoe, kayak or charter a batteau through North Carolina's nationally significant batteau navigation system on the Dan River in Rockingham County, NC. Download the front and back of the Dan River Batteau Navigation Trail brochure (pdf files.)

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Eden Greenway, Meadow Road Trailhead

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