Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina  by Pam Malec

Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina Guide Book

by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina  by Pam Malec
This guide lets kayakers of all skill levels explore 35 trips along the North Carolina Coast including Roanoke Island, Ocracoke, Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge, Cape Hatteras National Seashore, and Bald Head Island. Inside you'll find information on trip planning, safety guidelines, weather & tides, and camping, lodging, & restaurants. Each trip includes launch points, detailed route descriptions & maps, and what to see along the way.

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Trails from the "Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina" Guide Book
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Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge is a true wilderness. Red wolves prowl its forests, alligators slither under the clear black water, and black bears, bobcats, otters, and deer wander among the ...
Nags Head, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 6
There is nothing like riding the waves. You can be in a kayak, on a surfboard, on a body board, or on your stomach. The thrill is more than just riding them in. It’s punching out through the surf zone ...
Rodanthe, NC - Sea Kayaking
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Avon was once named Kinnakeet, but the post office deemed the name too long and changed it. The area was once covered with thick woods of live oak and cedar. These trees were cut as timber for buildin ...
Avon, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 5.75
Barely 2 miles off the southeastern tip of North Carolina lies a semitropical island. Covered by dunes and beach, maritime forest, and vast salt marshes, this secluded island is a paddler’s paradise. ...
Southport, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7.5
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Just south of Nags Head is Bodie (pronounced body) Island. You won’t find a bridge, because it is no longer an island. Six different inlets have come and gone in the area between Bodie Island Lighthou ...
Nags Head, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7
Where sea, sand, nature, and people come together in an uneasy mix—that’s a good way to describe Cape Hatteras. It’s not easy to get here, to live here, or to leave. It’s wild and untamed. The land is ...
Avon, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 6
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So close to civilization, yet so far away, Cape Lookout National Seashore is another world. This 55-mile-long seashore is made up of three islands: North Core Banks, South Core Banks, and Shackleford ...
Beaufort, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7
When you leave the Cedar Island ferry from Ocracoke, you will get the feeling that you are entering another world yet again. So different from the sleepiness of Ocracoke Island, Cedar Island greets yo ...
Ocracoke, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7.5
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Rodanthe, Waves, and Salvo are three small towns on NC–12 that seem to blend together. It’s very hard to tell where one stops and the other begins. The name Salvo originates from an incident during th ...
Salvo, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 3
Colington Island actually consists of two islands, Big Colington Island and Little Colington Island. Two bridges span the waterways that separate the two. If you were to be blindfolded and dropped off ...
Kill Devil Hills, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7
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Currituck first became known as the duck hunting capital of the East Coast. The name Currituck comes from the Indian word for “land of the wild goose.” There used to be so many birds that they darkene ...
Corolla, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 7
This beautiful island, just twenty minutes from the main beaches of Nags Head, is a true local secret. You won’t find it in any guidebook, and most people don’t even know it is here. It’s a relatively ...
Manteo, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 17.5
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Live oaks with limbs seared by the salty wind and spray, the ocean visible in the background—this is Fort Fisher. Located on the southern tip of Pleasure Island near Wilmington, 5 miles south of Carol ...
Wilmington, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 2
Frisco is a small community located between Buxton and Hatteras Village. Originally known as Trent, it is wooded on the sound side and has several large sand dunes on its ocean side. The area surround ...
Frisco, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 6
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Hammocks Beach has to be one of the most beautiful beaches in the area and one of the most popular spots for sea kayakers on the North Carolina Coast. This island, like many, can only be reached by bo ...
Swansboro, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 6
Early maps show Ocracoke and Hatteras Islands joined. Hatteras Inlet was formed on a stormy night, September 7, 1846. Its history has been stormy every since. During the Civil War, the Confederates co ...
Hatteras, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 6
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Sandy Bay is located between Frisco and Hatteras, near the southwest end of Hatteras Island. Life in the small village of Hatteras is slower than the rest of the Outer Banks. Residents still make thei ...
Hatteras, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 8
A local secret for years, Kitty Hawk Woods is one of five best maritime forests in the world. What makes it special is that plants and animals you would usually find in upland communities exist less t ...
Kitty Hawk, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 8.5
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Drive about ninety minutes west from Nags Head on U.S. 264 and you will be pleasantly surprised. Lake Mattamuskeet, North Carolina’s largest natural lake, is a paddler’s paradise. From December throug ...
New Holland, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 15
All of what is now Southern Shores was once sand dunes and beach covered with dead cedars. Down Jean Guite Creek, however, was a thriving maritime forest. Live oaks big enough for ship timbers were cu ...
Duck, NC - Sea Kayaking - Trail Length: 11
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