Multi-Day Trips

Black River Knees by SilenteyeWe provide a canoe or kayak, paddles, PFDs (personal floatation devices), shuttle service and at least one experienced guide/naturalist for all guided trips. These trips are good for paddlers of all skill levels who enjoy paddling with others to share the adventure. The guide will give a brief paddling and safety talk before each trip and can help you along the way. Advance registration is required for all guided trips.

Bear Island Sea Kayak Camping Trip

The destination for this sea kayak camping trip is Bear Island, an 892-acre barrier island located off the coast of North Carolina.  The island is bordered on the north by salt marshes and on the south by the Atlantic Ocean.  It has some of the most unspoiled beaches on the East Coast.  Its uplands contain shrub thickets, maritime forests, sand ridges and large sand dunes that dominate the landscape.  The island, marshes and water are habitat for porpoise, loggerhead sea turtles, migratory shorebirds, wading birds, pelicans, osprey, deer, raccoon, fox and numerous intertidal estuarine and marine fishes and invertebrates.

This is an overnight sea kayaking trip.  Guests will meet at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday in the parking lot of Hammocks Beach State Park mainland office building.  We will leave from there to begin our sea kayaking trip through the tidal creeks and channels to Bear Island.  We will camp in primitive campsites located near the beach.  There will be time for sea kayaking, bird watching, swimming, hiking, looking for seashells and fishing.  We will return to the parking lot by 5:00 p.m. on Sunday.

Fees: The trip fee is $230.00 per person.  A sea kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days, dinner, breakfast the second day and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.

Guests are responsible for transportation to and from Hammocks Beach State Park, 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.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

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.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Roanoke River Swamps Bed & Breakfast Trip

The Roanoke River originates in the Virginia mountains.  As the river crosses the Virginia-North Carolina boundary, it flows through rolling hills and flat land.  It then empties into Albermale Sound near Plymouth, NC.  As it cuts its way across the Coastal Plain, the Roanoke River spreads out over a very large floodplain creating one of the largest swamp ecosystems in the eastern United States.  The swamps are habitat to many common wildlife species such as turkey, deer, bobcat, raccoon, opossum, squirrel and barred owls and rare species like the black bear, bald eagles and the many species of Neotropical migratory birds that are declining in number.  The quality of the swamp forests is itself rare.

This weekend paddle trip begins at 9:00 a.m. on the first day as participants meet at Roberson’s Marina on Gardner Creek near Jamesville, NC.  After meeting and having introductions, we will run a shuttle to Jamesville, NC.  From the put-in on Gardner Creek, our paddle trip will take us down Gardner Creek, through Devil’s Gut swamp, down the Roanoke River and on to Jamesville.  Our accommodations for the evening are a bed & breakfast establishment.

The next day, we will paddle one of two other swamps near Williamston, NC or Plymouth, NC; either Sweetwater Creek swamp or Conaby Creek swamp.  Our canoe trip will end in mid to late afternoon so participants can begin their journey home before it gets to late.

Fees: The trip fees are $230.00 per person (double occupancy), $270.00 per person (single occupancy) and $197.00 per person for those providing their accommodations and breakfasts.  A canoe or kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days, breakfast the second day in the bed and breakfast establishment, lodging one evening and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.

Guests are responsible for transportation to and from the put-ins, dinner, 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.

Next dates: This trip is not currently scheduled.

Spirit Island Overnight Camp Out: Guided Trip

Need to get away for the weekend, but don’t want to go too far from home? Spirit Island, on the Haw River, is an ideal place to shed the stresses of an urban lifestyle and enjoy isolation, beautiful scenery and plenty of birds and wildlife.

Beginning at Saxapahaw, we paddle 4.5 miles to the island on a river section free from rapids, but home to great blue herons, Canada geese, cormorants, muskrats, beavers, turtles, ospreys, red-tail hawks, belted kingfishers and an occasional bald eagle.

At the island, we set up tents on one of two camping platforms and soak up the surroundings before an evening meal. After breakfast the next day, we paddle back to Saxapahaw and arrive by noon.

Fee: $75 per person – canoe, dinner and breakfast provided, $65 per person with your own boat.

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