Northeast Cape Fear River

Burgaw, North Carolina

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The Northeast Cape Fear River begins near Mount Olive as a small blackwater stream. It flows southeast before taking on a more southerly course and passes through few towns as it makes its way to join its larger northwest arm, the Cape Fear River, at Wilmington. There is little development in the upper watershed where the land is largely agricultural, including dense poultry and swine farms. Waste has spilled into the river following major floods. The sections described here cover 112 miles of paddling. Much of it is through undeveloped areas, making it popular for camping, but there are few public camping areas available. The river has been paddled from several bridges above Section 1, but there are many downed trees. Do not be deceived by open channels at the bridges. Following major storms, trees are often cleared but only near the bridges. A memorable adventure here resulted in being challenged by aggressive water moccasins and unexpectedly spending a night sleeping between cypress knees. This eTrail contains 12 sections of the Northeast Cape Fear River from NC 11 bridge to Dram Tree Park access at Wilmington.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Northeast Cape Fear River begins near Mount Olive as a small blackwater stream. It flows southeast before taking on a more southerly course and passes through few towns as it makes its way to join its larger northwest arm, the Cape Fear River, at Wilmington. There is little development in the upper watershed where the land is largely agricultural, including dense poultry and swine farms. Waste has spilled into the river following major floods.

The sections described here cover 112 miles of paddling. Much of it is through undeveloped areas, making it popular for camping, but there are few public camping areas available. The river has been paddled from several bridges above Section 1, but there are many downed trees. Do not be deceived by open channels at the bridges. Following major storms, trees are often cleared but only near the bridges. A memorable adventure here resulted in being challenged by aggressive water moccasins and unexpectedly spending a night sleeping between cypress knees. This eTrail contains 12 sections of the Northeast Cape Fear River from NC 11 bridge to Dram Tree Park access at Wilmington.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Burgaw
Distance: 111.6
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Albertson, Beulaville, Chinquapin, Charity, Wallace East, Pin Hook, Stag Park, Burgaw, Mooretown, Scotts Hill, Castle Hayne, Rocky Point, Wilmington
Driving Directions: Directions to Northeast Cape Fear River

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