The City of Belton will hold a ribbon-cutting event at Belton Landing on the Saluda River on Monday, October 18th at 2:00 PM to celebrate the completion of major redevelopment efforts at the facility. The event will take place at 2520 SC Hwy 247, Belton SC, 29627.
The redevelopment efforts at Belton Landing are the result of an ongoing partnership between the City of Belton, Anderson County, the Duke Energy Foundation, and the Anderson County Legislative Delegation. The project received a $100,000 grant from the Duke Energy Foundation’s Water Resources Fund and a $35,000 grant from the SCPRT Parks and Recreation Development (PARD) program. Improvements at the facility include improved parking and access as well as the installation of an ADA-accessible kayak launch.
Belton Landing represents the third major improvement project along the Anderson County portion of the Saluda River Blue Trail in recent years. Conceived by a consortium of public entities, private sector interests, advocates for the physically-challenged, environmental groups, and other stakeholders, the blue trail enhances water recreational access for six South Carolina counties along the Saluda River. Along with its sister sites in Powdersville and Pelzer, Belton Landing promotes and preserves our local natural resources through the creation of river access points and resource awareness opportunities.
Belton Landing serves as the southern anchor of a 20-mile segment of the Blue Trail that begins at Dolly Cooper Park in Powdersville. The Belton Access is located about 3 miles south of Duke Energy’s new 750-megawatt combined-cycle natural gas plant at the W.S. Lee Station. Over one million people live within 50 miles of the Belton Access. The site’s convenient location makes it an attractive destination for kayakers, anglers, wildlife watchers, and those seeking more passive recreational interests.
Belton Landing is owned and operated by the City of Belton.
“The City of Belton is proud to host this facility and we look forward to meeting visitors from all across the nation. I am grateful to the Belton City Council and former Mayor Wendell Page for their efforts to move this project forward—we wouldn’t be here today without their support.” – Mayor Eleanor Dorn, City of Belton
“The City of Belton has been working very hard to attract cultural and nature-based tourism to the community, and the improvements at Belton Landing are significant step forward in that effort. I am very proud that Anderson County was able to partner with the city on this project, and I am confident that the Saluda River Blue Trail will continue to grow into a beloved and nationally-recognized regional amenity.”—Anderson County Councilman Ray Graham
“Our partnership with the Duke Energy Foundation continues to bring many benefits to our region. Duke Energy has been a wonderful steward of hydroelectric power and recreational resources on the Saluda River, and we very much appreciate their high level of positive participation in our community.” — Anderson County Councilmember Cindy Wilson
“The Saluda River Blue Trail directly serves hundreds of my constituents and benefits several cities, towns, and unincorporated communities in our region. On behalf of the Anderson County Legislative Delegation, I congratulate the City of Belton on its efforts to provide sustainable, nature-based tourism and recreation opportunities.” –Senator Mike Gambrell, South Carolina Senate District Four
“It is hard to overstate the importance of the Belton Landing project to our community. The facility will not only serve to improve river access and provide economic stimulus to the Belton area, but will also raise awareness to the fundamental importance of preserving our pristine natural resources.”—Representative Jay West, South Carolina House District Seven