Black River Canoe/Kayak Camping Trip
The Black River is a slow-flowing black-water river and swamp. It originates in Sampson County, NC and flows in a southeasterly direction until it empties into the Cape Fear River near Wilmington, NC. Approximately 25 miles of the river have been identified as having outstanding scenic and natural significance. In addition to having the oldest tress in the Eastern United States (some bald cypress trees are over 1600 years old), the area offers wonderful opportunities for observing neo-tropical migrating birds, outstanding natural communities, abundant wildlife and rare and endangered pants. Fishing for bass, sunfish and catfish are excellent. For those with an interest in history, evidence of past steamboat activity can be seen.
This weekend canoe camping trip begins at 9:00 a.m. on the first day at the North Carolina Wildlife Resources Commission boat launch off Sampson County Route 1100; approximately 0.5 miles south of Ivanhoe, NC. We will float approximately 10 miles of the river through sandhill and swamp environments before reaching the take-out and campsite at Henry’s Landing.
After running the shuttle the next morning, we will float and paddle downriver to and through “The Narrows” and “Three Sisters” areas. It is in this stretch of the river that we see the largest concentration of ancient bald cypress trees. Our take-out will be at Hunt’s Bluff, approximately 1.0 mile south of Highway 54 near Atkinson, NC. We should reach the take-out by 4:00 p.m.
Fees: The trip fee is $230.00 per person. A canoe or kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days, dinner one evening, breakfast the second day and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.
Guests are responsible for transportation to and from the put-in and take-out, tent & sleeping bag, appropriate clothing for the time of year, a waterproof bag for extra clothes and gear, hat, sunscreen, water bottle, light-weight rain gear and foot wear that can get dirty and/or wet.