Clarks Bay from Salvo

Salvo, North Carolina

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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 the Civil War. Once called Clarksville, a naval officer told his crew to “give it a salvo,” meaning a wave of gunfire. The name has stuck to this day. Things don’t change much here from year to year, at least as far as traditions go. The folks around here still observe “Old Christmas” on the night of January 5, a carryover from Epiphany, which is celebrated January 6. As you near the end of civilization and reenter the National Park Service property, you will see a beach access on your left. The field on your right used to be a National Park Service Campground, but it was closed due to lack of funding.
Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

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Guide to Sea Kayaking in North Carolina

by Pam Malec (The Globe Pequot Press)

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 the Civil War. Once called Clarksville, a naval officer told his crew to “give it a salvo,” meaning a wave of gunfire. The name has stuck to this day. Things don’t change much here from year to year, at least as far as traditions go.

The folks around here still observe “Old Christmas” on the night of January 5, a carryover from Epiphany, which is celebrated January 6. As you near the end of civilization and reenter the National Park Service property, you will see a beach access on your left. The field on your right used to be a National Park Service Campground, but it was closed due to lack of funding.

©  Pam Malec/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Salvo
Distance: 3
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Local Maps: USGS: NC0634 Rodanthe
Driving Directions: Directions to Clarks Bay from Salvo

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