Tar River

Louisburg, North Carolina

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Most historians believe the Tar River was named for its heavily forested land of pines, an important source of tar to early settlers. The river begins in Piedmont farmlands between Oxford and Roxboro and flows southeasterly. It passes through Louisburg and crosses the Fall Line at Rocky Mount, where it enters the Coastal Plain. The Tar River passes Tarboro and becomes tidal near Greenville. At the city of Washington, the Tar River changes its name to Pamlico River and flows to Pamlico Sound. The paddling sections described from near Oxford to Greenville comprise 165 miles. This eTrail contains 18 sections of the Tar River from Gooch's Mill Road (Granville Co. 1150) bridge to Port Terminal Road (Pitt Co. 1533) access at Greenville.
Paddling Eastern North Carolina

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Paddling Eastern North Carolina

by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)

Most historians believe the Tar River was named for its heavily forested land of pines, an important source of tar to early settlers. The river begins in Piedmont farmlands between Oxford and Roxboro and flows southeasterly. It passes through Louisburg and crosses the Fall Line at Rocky Mount, where it enters the Coastal Plain.

The Tar River passes Tarboro and becomes tidal near Greenville. At the city of Washington, the Tar River changes its name to Pamlico River and flows to Pamlico Sound. The paddling sections described from near Oxford to Greenville comprise 165 miles. This eTrail contains 18 sections of the Tar River from Gooch's Mill Road (Granville Co. 1150) bridge to Port Terminal Road (Pitt Co. 1533) access at Greenville.

©  Paul Ferguson/Pocosin Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing
Nearby City: Louisburg
Distance: 164.7
Class: Class III
Local Contacts: Gauge information and route specifics are provided for each section in the eTrail.
Local Maps: USGS Berea, Stem, Wilton, Kittrell, Ingleside, Louisburg, Justice, Bunn East, Spring Hope, Bailey, Winstead Crossroads, Nashville, Rocky Mount, Hartsease, Tarboro, Speed, Old Sparta, Falkland, Greenville NW, Greenville SW, Greenville SE
Driving Directions: Directions to Tar River

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