Greenway and nature trail loop covering 1.1 miles with kayak/canoe/tube put-in with covered picnic area. In the future, this section will become part of the larger McDowell Greenway system and the Fonta Flora Trail.
Kayaks and canoes, be certain to park a second car at the Black Bear Boat Ramp on Lake James Road. From the US Highway 221/226 By-Pass in Marion, turn onto Hankins Road driving to the intersection of Lake James Road, turn left onto Lake James Road. This boat ramp access area is on the right before you arrive at Black Bear Marina. Parkins is free.