Milltail Creek

Manteo, North Carolina

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Milltail Creek is contained within the boundaries of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. It begins in swampy land near the middle of the refuge and flows northwest, broadening into a lake area up to a quarter-mile wide for a few miles in the middle of its run. It turns west and empties into the wide Alligator River, making a total run of only 13 miles. Milltail Creek has excellent water quality, and it is designated as Outstanding Resource Waters. The 152,000-acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984 to preserve pocosin wetlands and wildlife. The endangered red wolf has been reintroduced here, and the refuge is one of the last strongholds of black bear on the eastern seaboard. Alligator are often seen in Milltail Creek. Many varieties of birds are found on the refuge, including a large number of species that winter here. This eTrail contains 2 sections of Milltail Creek from Buffalo City Road (Dare Co. 1103) access to Milltail Creek mouth at Alligator River and return.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

Milltail Creek is contained within the boundaries of the Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge. It begins in swampy land near the middle of the refuge and flows northwest, broadening into a lake area up to a quarter-mile wide for a few miles in the middle of its run. It turns west and empties into the wide Alligator River, making a total run of only 13 miles. Milltail Creek has excellent water quality, and it is designated as Outstanding Resource Waters.

The 152,000-acre Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge was created in 1984 to preserve pocosin wetlands and wildlife. The endangered red wolf has been reintroduced here, and the refuge is one of the last strongholds of black bear on the eastern seaboard. Alligator are often seen in Milltail Creek. Many varieties of birds are found on the refuge, including a large number of species that winter here. This eTrail contains 2 sections of Milltail Creek from Buffalo City Road (Dare Co. 1103) access to Milltail Creek mouth at Alligator River and return.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Manteo
Distance: 12.9
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Buffalo City
Driving Directions: Directions to Milltail Creek

Recent Trail Reviews

11/30/2005
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Section 1 Update: Milltail Road has been resurfaced with gravel. Travel is no longer difficult when wet.



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