Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
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Canoed the approximately 11 miles from Glendon-Carthage Road to Carbonton when the water flow as measured at Moncure was around 1,000 cfs - plenty high. The surprise upon arrival was that the dam at Carbonton is gone- removed spring 2006. A new access point has been created there and parking is great and put-in/take-out is adequate. Only problem for us was due to recent high water there was plenty of deep slick mud to trog through out of the river. Glad the bank was gently sloping. The character of this section of river wasn't much different from Ferguson's description even though it's no longer flat water. Only advice I would give is that it's essential to have a 100' rope to help get up and down the very steep embankment at the bridge on Glendon-Carthage Road. This is not an ideal place to access the river to say the least. Plenty of wildlife and very little evidence of development- only a few houses. Not sure what paddling conditions would be at lower water, but apparently not much different.
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