South River

Garland, North Carolina

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The South River flows along the western border of Sampson County. It begins 7 miles south of Dunn at the confluence of its headwaters, Mingo Swamp and the Black River. This Black River, beginning in Harnett County near Angier, is often called the Little Black so that it is not confused with the much larger and more well-known Black River beginning in southern Sampson County. Near its beginning, the South River is less than 4 miles east of the Cape Fear River. It is a blackwater stream with low to swampy banks and significant stands of cypress trees. The South River empties into the Black River, 30 miles south of Clinton. Falcon and Autryville are the only small towns to border the river. Occasional homes, farms, and logged land are seen, but a trip down the 85 miles of sections described is mainly one of splendid isolation. The lower 50 miles of the South River were designated Outstanding Resource Waters in 1994. This eTrail contains 10 sections of the South River from Green Path Road (Sampson Co. 1005) bridge at Falcon to Beattys Bridge Road (Bladen Co. 1550) bridge on Black River.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The South River flows along the western border of Sampson County. It begins 7 miles south of Dunn at the confluence of its headwaters, Mingo Swamp and the Black River. This Black River, beginning in Harnett County near Angier, is often called the Little Black so that it is not confused with the much larger and more well-known Black River beginning in southern Sampson County. Near its beginning, the South River is less than 4 miles east of the Cape Fear River. It is a blackwater stream with low to swampy banks and significant stands of cypress trees.

The South River empties into the Black River, 30 miles south of Clinton. Falcon and Autryville are the only small towns to border the river. Occasional homes, farms, and logged land are seen, but a trip down the 85 miles of sections described is mainly one of splendid isolation. The lower 50 miles of the South River were designated Outstanding Resource Waters in 1994. This eTrail contains 10 sections of the South River from Green Path Road (Sampson Co. 1005) bridge at Falcon to Beattys Bridge Road (Bladen Co. 1550) bridge on Black River.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Garland
Distance: 83
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Wade, Stedman, Autryville, Roseboro, Ammon, Garland, White Lake, Tomahawk, Rowan
Driving Directions: Directions to South River

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11/28/2005
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Correction in book and eTrail: Change Green Sea Road (Bladen Co. 1503) to Green Bridge Road (Bladen Co. 1503).



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