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.
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.
U.S. Highway 74 access near Boardman to Lumber River State Park's Princess Ann access area. (910) 628-4564 or (910) 628-5643
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.
West of Manteo. From access in Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge and return via several trails.
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.
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
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