The headwaters of Contentnea Creek begin near Moccasin Creek, northeast of Raleigh and north of Zebulon. After flowing into Buckhorn Reservoir, west of Wilson, Contentnea Creek is born and continues into Wiggins Mill Reservoir, a few miles southeast of Wilson. It then flows southeast through Snow Hill and Grifton before joining the Neuse River.
Contentnea Creek flows mostly through farmland and undeveloped land, providing 100 miles of paddling opportunities. This eTrail contains 11 sections of Contentnea Creek from NC 581 near Buckhorn Reservoir to Maple Cypress Road (Craven Co. 1470) bridge on Neuse River.
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