Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
© Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.
Section 2 Update: A new camping platform, Tillery, is at mile 15.1, It is unique among the other platforms because it has a roof, screened in area, privy, and offers access from road or river. Using the Tillery access area allows Section 2 to be divided into 2 sections of 15.1 and 13.2 miles.
Sections 5–6 Update: A rail trail now connects the US 13/17 boating access to downtown Williamston. The Skewarkee Trail, a mile-long former CSX Railroad right of way, extends from the heart of Williamston to the Wildlife Resources boat ramp. Paddlers can easily walk along the scenic trail to nearby shopping and sightseeing. The trail eventually will connect by a raised river walk to Moratoc Park, a public recreation area on the right bank, 0.3 miles upstream from the boating access. The river walk also will include a camping platform that will become part of the Roanoke River Paddle Trail.
Section 6 Update: A report was received from a group of paddlers planning to enter Devil's Gut (mi 2.9). They were expecting to first see Sweetwater Creek (mi 2.0) but missed it. When they came to Devil's Gut entrance, they thought it was Sweetwater Creek. The mouth of Sweetwater Creek is about 30 feet wide and enters as the Roanoke River flows southeast. Devil's Gut entrance is about 50 feet wide and is where the Roanoke River is flowing east and swinging to the northeast. There are no signs marking either stream.
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