Pungo River

Pantego, North Carolina

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The Pungo River begins in the East Dismal Swamp in Washington County, about 10 miles south of Plymouth. As it flows southeast, it becomes the Beaufort and Hyde County border. Less than 20 miles from the source, the Pungo begins to widen rapidly as it passes under US 264 at Leechville. Several miles downstream, the Pungo River is connected to the Alligator River by a 21-mile canal, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway. The Pungo is a over a mile wide here, and the Intracoastal Waterway follows the Pungo as it turns west to pass Belhaven. Below Belhaven, the Pungo turns south to join the Pamlico River close to Pamlico Sound. At its mouth, the Pungo River is over 3 miles wide. In the 1950s, the Pungo River Canal was dug to improve drainage for farmland in the upper Pungo watershed. The canal runs near the natural river channel. Pungo Lake is part of the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge and connects to the river by a canal. This eTrail contains 1 section of the Pungo River from NC 45 access to Riverside Campground access off Riverside Campground Road (Hyde Co. 1344).
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

The Pungo River begins in the East Dismal Swamp in Washington County, about 10 miles south of Plymouth. As it flows southeast, it becomes the Beaufort and Hyde County border. Less than 20 miles from the source, the Pungo begins to widen rapidly as it passes under US 264 at Leechville. Several miles downstream, the Pungo River is connected to the Alligator River by a 21-mile canal, which is part of the Intracoastal Waterway.

The Pungo is a over a mile wide here, and the Intracoastal Waterway follows the Pungo as it turns west to pass Belhaven. Below Belhaven, the Pungo turns south to join the Pamlico River close to Pamlico Sound. At its mouth, the Pungo River is over 3 miles wide. In the 1950s, the Pungo River Canal was dug to improve drainage for farmland in the upper Pungo watershed. The canal runs near the natural river channel. Pungo Lake is part of the Pungo National Wildlife Refuge and connects to the river by a canal. This eTrail contains 1 section of the Pungo River from NC 45 access to Riverside Campground access off Riverside Campground Road (Hyde Co. 1344).

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Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Pantego
Distance: 10.5
Skill Level: Easy
Class: Class I
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Pungo Lake, Belhaven
Driving Directions: Directions to Pungo River

Recent Trail Reviews

11/1/2002
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Good river for beginning Boy Scout Troops. Very Smooth water, very low flow along the formed/dug canal. Would recommend trying some of the remaining loops of natural river. The loops are tighter to navigate secondary to downed and leaning trees, but worth the nature. Minimal camping area in some area along the natural river because of marshy like areas; however high firm camp areas along the dug canal.



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