Paddle Trails

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Albemarle Region 1 contains the following counties:
Camden (CA), Chowan (CH), Mainland Currituck (CU), Gates (GA), Pasquotank (PA), Perquimans (PE).
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

A-CH-3     Rockyhock Creek/Bennett Millpond Trail, 5 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 3 Hours for Rockyhock Creek, Half Day - Whole Day for Millpond
Another trail that begins on an old milldam, Bennett Millpond offers a day of canoeing through cypress trees and beaver lodges. The millpond has a population of nutria which can be seen swimming or sunning on old stumps and tussocks of grass. The canoeist can follow the millpond upstream for several miles, where it becomes a small stream that provides water for the millpond. The millpond is managed by the Albemarle Recreation Center which provides outing opportunities for handicapped children from the surrounding school systems. The center has developed a hiking trail with several hundred feet of boardwalk and is in the process of developing additional facilities. Plans are to place a bridge over the dam where the mill house was located which will allow access across the millpond. This facility offers the canoeist the additional opportunity to try their land legs exploring the adjoining woodlands.

At the old mill site the canoeist can portage around the dam and follow Rockyhock Creek to its mouth where it joins the Chowan River. The creek is lined with a canopy of mature trees as well as views of neighboring farmland.
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Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) Albemarle Recreation Center's Bennett's Millpond

(2) SR 1207 Bridge

A-CH-4     Pembroke Creek Trail, 4 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner/Intermediate Difficulty: Easy/Moderate Time Required: 3-4 Hours
This trail can be accessed from the historic waterfront in Edenton. Canoeing along the waterfront, the canoeist can view many historic homes and buildings. Also along the waterfront are relics of times gone by such as old fishhouses and piers.

Pembroke Creek has some development and is used during warm weather for waterskiing by locals. The banks are lined with mature trees, many hanging full of Spanish moss. There are several homes dotting the shoreline as they have discovered the peaceful nature of this stream.

The section of the trail along the Edenton waterfront is part of the Albemarle Sound and caution should be exercised because the water can become quite rough on windy days or when storms pass by.

Edenton has a wonderful walking tour of many of its historic homes and buildings that can be combined with a canoe trip to make a pleasurable journey into our past.
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Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) SR 1208 Bridge

(2) SR 1200 Bridge

(3) Pembroke Fishing Center

(4) Edenton Waterfront Park

A-CH-5     Queen Anne Creek Trail, 4 Miles
Skill Level: Beginner Difficulty: Easy Time Required: 2-3 Hours
This trail begins at Edenton Waterfront Park and passes by the town's historical waterfront, as it makes its way upstream to the bridge on NC 32. Remnants of Edenton's past dot the trail as it meanders through tall marsh grasses near the old Cotton Mill. Queen Anne Creek has several of these old structures located on its banks and one can only wonder of the activity of days gone by. The best way to enjoy the trail is to paddle from Historic Edenton to the NC 32 bridge and back for a 4 mile outing.
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Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) Edenton Waterfront Park

(2) Queen Ann Park

(3) NC 32 Bridge

(4) Cotton Mill Boardwalk Access

A-CH-6     Trestle House Inn/Cape Colony Trail
Skill Level: Intermediate Difficulty: Moderate Time Required: 2-4 Hours
This trail begins at the Historic Trestle House Inn, south of Edenton off the Albemarle Sound. This trail offers an opportunity to explore the creek that feeds into the Albemarle Sound and to continue along the edge of the Sound to the Edenton waterfront. The Sound portion of this trail is located in open waters and only experienced paddlers should utilize this portion of the trail. This trail is also home to the canoe and kayak races held each fall during the Sound Country Celebration at Edenton. For additional information on this trail you can contact the Trestle House Inn at (252) 482-2282. You can obtain information on this trail and others located in the Albemarle Region at:
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Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) SR 1120 & Trestle House Inn on SR 1114 (Soundside Road)

(2) Queen Ann Park, Edenton

A-PE/CH-3     Yeopim Creek/Yeopim River Trail, 14 Miles
Skill Level: Intermediate Difficulty: Moderate due to length and open water Time Required: Varies from 2 to 12 Hours
This system of trails provides a variety of paddling options, that can be tailored to fit anyone's skill level and time constraints. The trails are located on the Yeopim River and several of its tributaries. These trails surround the small community of Snug Harbor and its bordering farming community.
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Access Name/Description: Latitude: Longitude:
(1) Shady Oaks Subdivision Access on Middleton Creek

(2) SR 1101/1341 Bridge on Burnt Mill Creek

(3) SR 1341 Bridge on Bethel Creek

(4) Bethel Fishing Center on Yeopim River

(5) Phillips Landing and Campground on Yeopim Creek

(6) SR 1347 Bridge on Yeopim Creek

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