Meherrin River

Murfreesboro, North Carolina

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The Meherrin River begins in south central Virginia, about 50 miles northwest of Emporia. It travels over 100 miles in Virginia, flowing past Lawrenceville and through Emporia, where a reservoir created by a 20-foot dam is used for hydroelectric power. Below the dam, it flows southeast into North Carolina, passing Murfreesboro on its way to the Chowan River. The river has a sandy bottom, some swampy areas, but mainly dry banks. The sections described below have occasional high banks embedded with shells, telling of the time that this was an ancient seabed. At low water, there are many downed trees exposed as well as large sandbars. It is relatively undeveloped and suitable for wildlife viewing and camping trips. In Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett says remoteness is the Meherrin’s middle name. It continues to live up to its name in North Carolina. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Meherrin River from Branchs Bridge Road (Northampton Co. 1339) roadside to Parkers Ferry Road (Hertford Co. 1306) end.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Meherrin River begins in south central Virginia, about 50 miles northwest of Emporia. It travels over 100 miles in Virginia, flowing past Lawrenceville and through Emporia, where a reservoir created by a 20-foot dam is used for hydroelectric power. Below the dam, it flows southeast into North Carolina, passing Murfreesboro on its way to the Chowan River. The river has a sandy bottom, some swampy areas, but mainly dry banks.

The sections described below have occasional high banks embedded with shells, telling of the time that this was an ancient seabed. At low water, there are many downed trees exposed as well as large sandbars. It is relatively undeveloped and suitable for wildlife viewing and camping trips. In Virginia Whitewater, Roger Corbett says remoteness is the Meherrin’s middle name. It continues to live up to its name in North Carolina. This eTrail contains 4 sections of the Meherrin River from Branchs Bridge Road (Northampton Co. 1339) roadside to Parkers Ferry Road (Hertford Co. 1306) end.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Murfreesboro
Distance: 45.8
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Margrettsville, Boykins, Sunbeam, Murfreesboro, Winton
Driving Directions: Directions to Meherrin River

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