Best Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing in North Carolina

This list represents the most popular flatwater kayaking & canoeing in North Carolina. Use this list to plan your next North Carolina flatwater kayaking & canoeing trip. Select a state and/or activity below to find even more top trails.

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#1. Yadkin River


The Yadkin River begins at an elevation above 3,600 feet near Blowing Rock, on the eastern slopes of the Blue Ridge Mountains. It flows southeast toward Lenoir, but near Patterson and Happy Valley it…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Wilkesboro, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 147.3 miles Best Trail in nc - Click to view allBestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#2. Cape Fear River


The Cape Fear River is formed by the confluence of the Haw and Deep Rivers, near Moncure and Haywood, 10 miles northeast of Sanford. It flows through Lillington, Fayetteville, Elizabethtown, Wilmingto…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Wilmington, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 170.5 miles BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#3. Neuse River


The Neuse begins north of Durham at the confluence of the Eno and Flat Rivers. This is close to the beginning of Falls Lake. It is 24 miles to Falls Dam, northeast of Raleigh. Below the dam, the Neuse…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Smithfield, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 193 miles BestFlatwater Kayaking & Canoeing Trail - Click to view all (About Top Trails)
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#4. Lumber River


Lumber River State Park owns more than 7,000 acres along the river. The park has a major access area at Princess Ann and has plans for others. The floodplain is mainly a cypress, tupelo-gum, and water…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Lumberton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 128.9 miles
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#5. White Oak River


The headwaters of the White Oak River originate in Hofmann Forest as a narrow, swampy, blackwater stream. After passing US 17 between Belgrade and Maysville, it flows thorough lakes created by quarry…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Maysville, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 21.9 miles
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#6. Tar River


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…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Louisburg, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 164.7 miles
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#7. Crabtree Creek


Crabtree Creek’s headwaters include Crabtree Creek west of Cary and several creeks starting east of Research Triangle Park. They flow into Lake Crabtree, a 520-acre flood-control lake in Cary. Downstr…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Raleigh, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 22 miles
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#8. Tranters Creek


Tranters Creek begins near Robersonville and flows south, forming first the Martin and Pitt County border and then the Beaufort and Pitt County border. Tranters Creek does not pass through any towns.…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Washington, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 10.9 miles
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#9. Contentnea Creek


The headwaters of Contentnea Creek begin near Moccasin Creek, northeast of Raleigh and north of Zebulon. After flowing into Buckhorn Reservoir, west of Wilson, Contentnea Creek is born and continues i…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Grifton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 99.8 miles
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#10. Black River


The Black River is formed by the confluence of Great Coharie and Six Runs Creeks, 15 miles south of Clinton. It picks up the South River and flows into the Cape Fear River above Wilmington. The Black…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Clinton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 80.5 miles
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#11. Deep River


The Deep River begins west of Greensboro and above High Point. It flows southeast passing near Asheboro and turning east near High Falls, one of many small mill towns built on the banks of the Deep. I…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Carbonton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 87.2 miles
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#12. Chowan River


The Chowan River begins as a large river on the North Carolina border at the confluence of the Nottoway and Blackwater Rivers, 10 miles northeast of Murfreesboro and 10 miles south of Franklin, Virgin…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Winton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 32.9 miles
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#13. Eno River


The Eno River begins northwest of Hillsborough and flows to the south. On the west side of Hillsborough, it turns east and passes across the northern part of Durham, where most of the river corridor i…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Durham, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 26 miles
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#14. Northeast Cape Fear River


The Northeast Cape Fear River begins near Mount Olive as a small blackwater stream. It flows southeast before taking on a more southerly course and passes through few towns as it makes its way to join…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Burgaw, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 111.6 miles
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#15. Gardner Creek


Gardner Creek is a blackwater stream draining Martin County below Jamesville and emptying into Devil’s Gut. The creek is popular with fishermen because it offers easy access to Devil’s Gut. For paddle…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Williamston, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 8 miles
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#16. Roanoke River


The Roanoke River begins in the Blue Ridge Mountains of northwestern Virginia. It is known as the Staunton River for the last 85 miles in Virginia. Near the Virginia and North Carolina border, it is i…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Weldon, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 124.3 miles
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#17. Cashie River


The Cashie River (pronounced ca-shy) begins in the northeastern corner of Bertie (ber-tee) County, near the Roanoke River. It winds through the county, running generally southeast, and passes through…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Windsor, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 14.6 miles
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#18. South River


The South River flows along the western border of Sampson County. It begins 7 miles south of Dunn at the confluence of its headwaters, Mingo Swamp and the Black River. This Black River, beginning in H…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Garland, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 83 miles
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#19. Little Fishing Creek


Little Fishing Creek’s watershed begins between Warrenton and Littleton, about 10 miles south of the Virginia border. Its major tributaries are Reedy Creek and Bear Swamp. Little Fishing Creek flows s…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Hollister, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 2.5 miles
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#20. Great Coharie Creek


Great Coharie Creek begins in northern Sampson County and flows south, passing a few miles west of Clinton. It adds Little Coharie Creek, and 15 miles south of Clinton, it joins Six Runs Creek to form…
From the guidebook "Paddling Eastern North Carolina"
Clinton, NC - Flatwater Kayaking & Canoeing - 38 miles
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