Paddle Trails

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Pamlico Peninsula Region 3 contains the following counties:
Beaufort (BE), Mainland Dare (DA), Mainland Hyde (HY), Tyrrell (TY), Washington (WA)
Coastal Region Paddle Trails Map with county names.

The trail names can be broken down as follows:
"region letter"-"County/ies the trail is in"-"trail number".
More detail on the Trail Naming Convention is available on the map list page.



Trail Descriptions


PP-TY-1     Lower Scuppernong River Trail, 10 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 4-6 Hours
You have two options for beginning the Lower Scuppernong River Trail, the N. C. Wildlife Resources Commission's Boat Ramp west of Columbia or the Visitor's Center managed by the Partnership for the Sounds and the new headquarters for the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge in Columbia. Near the beginning the lands adjacent to the river are within the Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge and are inhabited by the many different varieties of wildlife native to the area as well as migratory birds. It is not unheard of to spot a black bear or whitetail deer swimming across the river, as a majority of the river's banks are undeveloped. The Lower Scuppernong River Trail ends at Cross Landing, on SR 1105 near the Tyrrell/Washington County lines.

Located upstream from Columbia are Riders and Second Creeks which can offer interesting side trips or a nice round trip from the Visitor's Centers.
Trail map for printing (Adobe .pdf file)

Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) NC Wildlife Resources Commission's Boat Ramp off of SR 1228

(2) Partnership for the Sounds' Visitors Center and Pocosin Lake National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters, off US 64 in Columbia

(3) Cross Landing Bridge on SR 1105





PP-WA-1     Upper Scuppernong River Trail, 7 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 2-4 Hours
The Upper portion of the Scuppernong River Trail begins at the Cross Landing Bridge on SR 1105 and continues upstream to the small community of Cherry. Along this section of the river you will pass through several oxbows and old canals that were dug years ago to help drain the surrounding farmland, including Old Canal and Thirty-Foot Canal used to drain Phelps Lake.
Trail map for printing (Adobe .pdf file)

Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) Cross Landing Bridge on SR 1105

(2) Town of Creswell Park at Spruill's Bridge on SR 1142

(3) Phelps Bridge on SR 1155 North of Cherry





PP-WA-2     Lake Phelps Trail, 7 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 2-4 Hours
This trail is located on the edge of Lake Phelps, located at Pettigrew State Park. The edge of the lake is dotted with cypress trees which allows an opportunity to explore the edge of the lake and to see a variety of birds and animals that make their home in the park. The lake is a popular fishing hole and the canoeist can test his fishing ability and perhaps catch his supper.

Lake Phelps is a large body of water and the canoeist should use caution and pay particular attention to the weather conditions. The lake can develop rather large waves in a short time if storms pass by.

Pettigrew State Park also offers the canoeist the opportunity for camping while enjoying the lake, park and Somerset Place State Historic Site located adjacent to the park. Pettigrew State Park has several miles of hiking and biking trails, including one that contains several state champion trees. For information on the Lake Phelps Trail contact Pettigrew State Park at (252) 797-4475.
Trail map for printing (Adobe .pdf file)

Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) Boat Ramp located at Headquarters for Pettigrew State Park

(2) West End Access at Pettigrew State Park, Located on SR 1183




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