Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
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My boys and I really enjoyed this trail. The park has built canoe launches at each end of the park, so it's easy in/out. We did this when the water was fairly high (I don't recall how high) and swift. A few nice flows, nothing too hairy though, which is good for us beginners. A nice quick outing. This outing was the first time that we ever capsized. But we made a tactical error. A short section of rapids carried us towards the left bank where there were overhanging branches. When all 3 of us leaned to the right, to avoid getting poked by branches, we all went for a swim! This is where I lost my Garmin eTrex Vista GPS. If anybody happens to find it... Anyway, we should have started into the rapids on the right side and we should have paddled faster through it to avoid getting carried into the branches. Next time we'll know and we'll rate it 5 stars!
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