Big Choga Access Area reopens following site improvements

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TOPTON, N.C. - Big Choga Access Area on Lake Nantahala recently reopened for the remainder of the summer recreation season. All facilities and amenities are available for public use.

Site improvements at the access area include a paved parking lot with handicap-accessible parking, a bank fishing area, handicap-accessible restroom facilities and new lighting for safety and security.

"“We continue to focus on enhancing our access areas by providing new amenities and offering quality recreation facilities for residents and visitors,"” said John Crutchfield, Duke Energy director, public safety and recreation strategy planning services.

Big Choga Access Area is located at 3360 Big Choga Road in Macon County. The site is maintained by the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.

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