Visitors and locals will soon have a designated area in Glen Rose to drop their canoes into the Brazos River and roll down stream.

The US Highway 67 bridge over the Brazos will become the launching site for a 10-mile paddling trail, designated by the Texas Parks and Wildlife Department. The trail was approved by the Glen Rose City Council several weeks ago and Somervell County commissioners Monday.

“(The trail) has kind of been a group effort between the city and the Friends of the Brazos (organization),” Convention and Visitors Bureau Executive Director Billy Huckaby said.

The river and the bridge, which are considered state property, do not have laws prohibiting its use.

“We cannot keep people off state property,” Huckaby said.

The problem with paddlers, however, comes into play when they attempt to exit the river on private property, often causing fights with landowners, Somervell County Sheriff Greg Doyle said.

“(The trail) would offer public access, one of the biggest complaints,” Huckaby said.

Glen Rose’s Brazos Trail will join an elite group of just 10 other paddling trails across the state. Including improvements and authorizations, the trail is estimated to be open in late spring or early summer of 2010.

“It will benefit the community,” Huckaby said.