Avon from Spence Creek

Avon, North Carolina

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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 building beautiful clipper ships in the early 1800s. Once cut, the trees never regrew. “Blowout” areas formed small sand dunes that began to move across the banks. These dunes covered everything in their path, including the forests. Today, woods are found only in Avon Village and a few other spots. Hunt clubs were built between Avon and Buxton and used quite heavily. Storms and disuse hastened the destruction of these buildings, but the ditches and dikes for the old ponds are still around.
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)

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 building beautiful clipper ships in the early 1800s. Once cut, the trees never regrew. “Blowout” areas formed small sand dunes that began to move across the banks.

These dunes covered everything in their path, including the forests. Today, woods are found only in Avon Village and a few other spots. Hunt clubs were built between Avon and Buxton and used quite heavily. Storms and disuse hastened the destruction of these buildings, but the ditches and dikes for the old ponds are still around.

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

Activity Type: Sea Kayaking
Nearby City: Avon
Distance: 5.75
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 3 to 4 hours
Season: Year-round, weather permitting
Local Maps: USGS: NC0414 Little Kinnekeet
Driving Directions: Directions to Avon from Spence Creek

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