Thursday, September 10, 2009

Seven Recommended North Carolina Paddling Trips

Guidebook author Paul Ferguson recommends the following paddling trips, selected for easy access in and out of the stream, their relatively short distance (under 10 miles), and good wildlife viewing potential.

Gardner Creek

Near Jamesville. From access on U.S. Highway 64 to Devil's Gut (a cutoff of the Roanoke River). Explore some of Devil's Gut, view a camping platform, and return.

Lumber River

U.S. Highway 74 access near Boardman to Lumber River State Park's Princess Ann access area. (910) 628-4564 or (910) 628-5643
lumber.river@ncmail.net

Merchants Millpond State Park

On U.S. Highway 158 in Gatesville. From the park ramp, explore the millpond, and return. It's a timeless world of ancient cypress and tupelo trees. Canoe rentals and camping.
(252) 357-1191
merchants.millpond@ncmail.net

Milltail Creek

West of Manteo. From access in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and return via several trails.
(252) 473-1131
alligatorriver@fws.gov

Tar River

South of Tarboro. N.C. Highway 42 access to N.C. Highway 222 access.

Upper Broad Creek

East of New Bern. From Lee Landing Road access to upstream, and return.

Indiantown Creek

Northeast of Elizabeth City. From the ramp at the South Indian Town Road bridge, paddle upstream along swampy banks and towering cypress trees, then return to the ramp.

- Our State June 2009

Where are some of your favorite North Carolina paddling places?

1 comment:

  1. Great list! In the last 2 weeks my wife and I paddled Gardner Creek (Good), Indiantown Creek (Awesome), Milltail Creek (Very Good), and Merchants Millpond (Very Awesome). We had paddled MMP before but did Gardner Creek and Indiantown Creek per the list. Thanks again for posting that list!
    -john

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