North Carolina Coastal Plain Paddle Trails

Ahhhhhhh... a beautiful day on the water! This site and the companion "North Carolina Coastal Plain Paddle Trails Guide" map are designed to assist kayak and canoe users in planning trips to explore North Carolina's coastal plain rivers, creeks and estuarine waters. (Click here for "guide" ordering information.)

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North Carolina's coastal plain, comprised of small creeks and rivers, sheltered estuarine waters and open expanses of large rivers and sounds offers a variety of paddling adventures. These diverse waterways provide opportunities for all levels of paddling skills, from beginners to experts.

Pristine cypress swamps, slow-moving blackwater streams and extensive salt marsh edged waterways invite paddlers to observe and enjoy their natural beauty. Birding, fishing, exploring historic sites and visiting small communities are just a few of the activities that paddlers can enjoy.

Being this close to nature reminds us of the importance of clean water and relationships of the land to the water. To keep our waterways safe and enjoyable for everyone and to ensure a safe paddling experience, keep these tips in mind:

  • Respect private property adjacent to public waterways.
  • Dispose of all trash properly.
  • Observe safe paddling techniques and carry necessary safety gear for each outing.
  • Leave a "float" plan with family or friends.
  • Be aware of current and future weather and water conditions.
  • Know your paddling abilities and plan your outings accordingly.

We hope that you will enjoy your explorations of the coastal plain creeks, rivers and estuaries to return time and time again.

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Visitor information can be obtained at or by calling 1-800-VISITNC (1-800-847-4862).

Map List Coastal Region Paddle Trails Map Related Web Links
DPR Home Canoeing Regulations and Safety Tips Viewing and Printing Tips

The North Carolina Coastal Paddle Trail Initiative (NCCPPTI) has been coordinated by:
NC Sea Grant Partnership for the Sounds NC State Parks
With generous assistance and leadership from:

Mad River Canoe   Wilderness Systems Kayaks


Web page development and map creation for the "Paddle Trails" information was performed by the North Carolina Center for Geographic Information and Analysis (CGIA).

Last Update: 6/12/2001