Paddling Eastern North Carolina
by Paul Ferguson (Pocosin Press)
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I have never paid so much to stay in such a dump! In the early afternoon I saw a guy cleaning the bathrooms and that night I saw him come out of the men's restroom with a girl! My 5yr old daughter HEARD them! The staff was completely rude and I felt like I was being watched the entire stay. Save your money and keep driving folks.
Tranters Creek is one of my favorite kayaking destinations in the area for a quick trip. Easily accessible, we put it at the wildlife ramp just west of Washington. While the trip up-river has you going by many houses, simply heading downriver will send you into some lovely nature areas that are much quieter and great for an afternoon kayak fish outing. A favorite spot is to go to the mouth where Tranters Creek hooks up with the Tar-Pamlico River and paddle across the view the osprey nest on the opposite bank. In the spring and fall you can often see baby osprey. Where the creek and river meet are a couple of small islands, one which has a great little sand area to pull up and have an afternoon picnic on. Highly recommended
Section 1 Update: A campground is on the right bank (mi 9.5). Tranters Creek Resort and Campground has 15+ campsites available for tent campers (two per site).
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