Complete Listing of Available Maps and Images
All the Paddle Trails maps and images accessible through this interface are listed here for your convenience. The graphic (.jpg) files are for viewing the maps and will work with any web browser. The Adobe (.pdf) files are available for printing and viewing details but require the Adobe Acrobat Reader. The Reader enables you to magnify areas of the maps.
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The Map Names depict the identification numbers of the paddle trail/s shown. The trail naming convention details are listed at the bottom of the page. Descriptions of the Skill Levels and Difficulty ratings are also listed below.
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|Map Name and Link to Page
|Coastal Region Paddle Trails Map
|Coastal Region Paddle Trails Map with County Names
|Albemarle Region 1
Camden (CA), Chowan (CH), Mainland Currituck (CU), Gates (GA), Pasquotank (PA), Perquimans (PE)
|A-CH-3, A-CH-4, A-CH-5, A-CH-6, A-PE/CH-3
|Outer Banks Region 2
Outer Banks of Currituck (OBCU), Outer Banks of Dare (OBDA), Outer Banks of Hyde (OBHY)
|No trails currently designated
|Pamlico Penninsula Region 3
Beaufort (BE), Mainland Dare (DA), Mainland Hyde (HY), Tyrrell (TY), Washington (WA)
|PP-TY-1, PP-WA-1, PP-WA-2
|PP-DA-1, PP-DA-2, PP-DA-4, PP-DA-5
|Lower Neuse Region 4
Carteret (CA), Craven (CR), Pamlico (PA)
|LN-PA-1 (northern portion), LN-PA-2 through LN-PA-14
|LN-PA-1 (southern portion), LN-PA-15, LN-PA-16, LN-PA-34, LN-PA-35, LN-PA-36
|LN-PA-22 through LN-PA-33
|LN-PA-17 through LN-PA-21, LN-PA-37 through LN-PA-44
|LN-PA-45 through LN-PA-54
|LN-PA-55 through LN-PA-62
|Southern Coast Region 5
Brunswick (BR), New Hanover (NH), Onslow (ON), Pender (PE)
|SC-BR-32, SC-BR-33, SC-BR-34
|SC-BR-27, SC-BR-28, SC-BR-29, SC-BR-31, SC-BR-35
|SC-BR-1 through SC-BR-4, SC-BR-21, SC-BR-22, SC-BR-25
|SC-BR-12 through SC-BR16, SC-BR-18, SC-BR19, SC-BR20
|SC-BR-7 through SC-BR-11, SC-BR-17
|SC-BR/NH/CO/PE/BL/CU-36 (southern portion), SC-BR-5, SC-BR-6
|SC-BR/NH/CO/PE/BL/CU-36 (southernmost portion)
|Cape Fear Region 6
Bladen (BL), Columbus (CO), Cumberland (CU), Robeson (RO), Sampson (SA)
|CF-RO/CO-1 (northern portion)
|CF-RO/CO-1 (southern portion)
|SC-BR/NH/CO/PE/BL/CU-36 (northern portion)
|SC-BR/NH/CO/PE/BL/CU-36 (central portion)
|Mid-Neuse Region 7
Duplin (DU), Greene (GR), Johnston (JO), Jones (JN), Lenoir (LE), Wayne (WA), Wilson (WI)
||No trails currently designated
|Roanoke-Tar Region 8
Bertie (BE), Edgecombe (ED), Halifax (HA), Hertford (HE), Martin (MA), Nash (NA), Northampton (NO), Pitt (PI)
|RT-HA/NO/BE/MA/WA-1 (northern portion)
|RT-HA/NO/BE/MA/WA-1 (central portion)
|RT-HA/NO/BE/MA/WA-1 (southern portion)
|RT-HE-1, RT-HE-2, RT-HE-3
Trail Naming Convention
- The trail names can be broken down as follows:
"region letter"-"County/ies the trail is in"-"trail number"
Example: A-CH/GA-1 is in the Albemarle Region (A), is in Chowan and Gates counties (CH/GA), and is trail 1 in that combination of region and counties (1).
- More than one county may use the same abbreviation, but no two counties in the same region use the same abbreviation. In these cases, the region abbreviation and the county abbreviation are used to determine the county.
- The county abbreviations for each county in a region are listed with the region names in this list and on the local trail pages.
- Trail names listed in a region, that contain county abbreviations not listed for that region, cross into adjoining regions.
- Not all counties in a region contain trails.
- Extremely long trails may cross regions but the trail name will remain the same. In this case, a trail name listed in a particular region may begin with a region abbreviation different than that of the region.
The following approximate skill levels have been given for each trail.
- Beginner (B) - paddlers who are just learning how to paddle. This
value is used to identify those bodies of water that are well
protected and for short outings.
- Novice (N) - paddlers who have some paddling experience and have
obtained some skills dealing with more open water, winds and
endurance. This value is used to identify those bodies of water
that are somewhat protected and for moderate length outings.
- Intermediate (I) - paddlers who are in good physical condition
and have developed good paddling skills dealing with open waters
and occasional strong winds. This value is used to identify
those bodies of water that are open, affected by occasional
strong winds and involve longer outings.
- Expert (E) - paddlers who have obtained excellent paddling
skills, are in good physical condition and feel comfortable
paddling in open waters with strong winds or currents. This
value is used to identify those bodies of water that are open,
affected by strong winds or currents, and involve longer outings.
The following approximate difficulty ratings have been given for each trail.
- Easy (E) - Suitable for beginners or novices. These waterways
provide a good learning environment where the paddler can
improve their paddling skills.
- Moderate (M) - Some paddling skills are required. These trails
may involve somewhat open water affected by winds, tides,
currents and other hazards. Some situations may occur where
self-rescue is required.
- Difficult (D) - Considerable paddling skills are required. These
trails may involve open waters (such as large rivers and sounds)
that are affected by strong winds, currents and other hazards.
This value is used to identify the longer trails in the system
that are exposed to the most extreme conditions found along the
North Carolina coast.
NOTE: These ratings are applicable to typical paddling conditions during warm weather and water temperatures above 65 degrees. These
values are to be used as guides when making your outing plans. They
are not definitive and more or less extremes may be experienced by
those using the waterways. No assumption of liability is claimed by
anyone associated with the publication of this guide.