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Get away without going far

Published: 3:12 PM, 07/06/2011 Last updated: 8:56 AM, 07/07/2011

Source: The Rogersville Review

If you are looking for a getaway this summer for a couplehours or a couple of days River Place on the Clinch (RPC) is the perfectdestination. And the best part is that it's only a short drive from HawkinsCounty at 2788 Highway 70, in Kyles Ford, Tenn.

River Place on the Clinch is a non-profit business started in 2007 by ClinchPowell Resource Conservation and Development Council. The building had been atthe location for decades before the organization, along with volunteers fromAmericorp, renovated the property and created a space that includes a market,cafe, water activities, campground and cabin rentals.

"The organization wanted to help the county grow and bring new people into thearea," Rhonda Stewart, Head Cashier at RPC, said. "It also helped to bringemployment to the local people."

The café was the first feature to open at the property and has become a populareatery with people from all around the region. The restaurant features weeklyspecials including catfish every Wednesday and a steak dinner each Fridayevening, along with home-cooked options for breakfast, lunch and dinner.

The property offers several air-conditioned cabins for rent that includeseveral amenities including a full kitchen and all linens needed for your stay.Clinch River Conservation Center and Retreat, a restored, spacious home, thatonce served as the Testerman family home, can also be rented for familyreunions, large social gatherings or conferences.

Individuals looking for a day trip can rent canoes, rafts, kayaks, and floatingtubes from RPC and reservations are suggested as water activities fill upquickly during the summer months. The staff transports individuals upstreamaccording to how long you would like to float. 

The market at RPC also offers many staples of a small general store, fromgrocery items, to camping and fishing supplies, along with several souvenirsand locally-made items.

"We are always adding new things all the time," Stewart said. "We value ourcustomers and we want them to have a good time while they are here."

RPC will host a Memorial Day Boat Race and Bluegrass event on Monday May 30from 2 until 9 p.m. For more information and to view weekly menu options go to ,find River Place on the Clinch on Facebook or call (423)733-4400.

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