Roanoke River Swamps Weekend Paddle 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 Albermarle 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.
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 trip will end in mid to late afternoon so participants can begin their journey home before it gets too late.
Fees: The trip fee is $230.00 per person. We can suggest various establishments for overnight accommodations. A canoe or kayak, PFD, paddle, lunch both days and an experienced guide/naturalist are provided.
Guests are responsible for transportation to and from the put-ins, lodging, meals other than 2 lunches, 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.