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RECREATION PLANNING

Benefits of blueways and water trails

Many localities in Virginia have recognized that ecotourism can to their economy. The necessary components for a successful blueway are public access points at suitable distances, adequate parking at those access areas and rest stops with sanitation facilities. Longer trips may require canoe-in campsites, drinking water, food and other supplies. Blueway planners need to be sensitive to the concerns of property owners by minimizing opportunities for trespassing on private lands. The needs of paddlers and boaters should be addressed at appropriate intervals along the water trail before producing maps or advertising a blueway.