Town Creek

Town Creek , North Carolina

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Town Creek begins as a blackwater stream in Brunswick County at the eastern edge of the Green Swamp. It flows to the southeast, passing US 17 and NC 133 before emptying into the Cape Fear River, downstream from Wilmington. In 1664 a group of English settlers from Barbados established Charles Town on Town Creek near the Cape Fear River. Their effort failed three years later because of hostile coastal Indians, pirates, weak supply lines, mosquitoes, and other problems that drove the residents south, where they founded the city of Charleston, South Carolina. Town Creek is prime wildlife habitat and wetlands, and much of it is protected for the future. The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has worked with state and federal agencies, timber companies, and private individuals to protect almost 6,000 acres along Town Creek and tributaries. Alligators are often seen in Town Creek, especially along the last few miles before reaching the Cape Fear. This eTrail contains 3 sections of the Town Creek from Rock Creek Road (Brunswick Co. 1411) bridge to Cape Fear River's Campbell Island.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

Town Creek begins as a blackwater stream in Brunswick County at the eastern edge of the Green Swamp. It flows to the southeast, passing US 17 and NC 133 before emptying into the Cape Fear River, downstream from Wilmington. In 1664 a group of English settlers from Barbados established Charles Town on Town Creek near the Cape Fear River. Their effort failed three years later because of hostile coastal Indians, pirates, weak supply lines, mosquitoes, and other problems that drove the residents south, where they founded the city of Charleston, South Carolina.

Town Creek is prime wildlife habitat and wetlands, and much of it is protected for the future. The North Carolina Coastal Land Trust has worked with state and federal agencies, timber companies, and private individuals to protect almost 6,000 acres along Town Creek and tributaries. Alligators are often seen in Town Creek, especially along the last few miles before reaching the Cape Fear. This eTrail contains 3 sections of the Town Creek from Rock Creek Road (Brunswick Co. 1411) bridge to Cape Fear River's Campbell Island.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Town Creek
Distance: 32.4
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Lewis Swamp, Winnabow, Wilmington, Carolina Beach
Driving Directions: Directions to Town Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

11/28/2005
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Section 1 Update: Town Creek Pottery is closed. The building is now an art studio. Parking, canoe access, and canoe rentals are no longer available. Section 2 Update: Through an agreement with International Paper Company, Cape Fear River Watch manages two primitive campsites on the right bank at miles 2.2 and 2.9. For reservations and permits, call 800-380-3485. Update: The Wildlife boating access planned at mile 10.3 has not yet been constructed.



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