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ALBEMARLE LOOP

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The many rivers, creeks, and streams that flow into the Albemarle Sound offer unique and fresh opportunities for kayakers, canoeists and paddle boarders. The Albemarle Loop is spotlighting these tributaries as exceptional sites for outdoor recreation. Visitors coming by boat or by car can explore the high-quality marinas and quaint, historic towns of the Albemarle Loop, and enjoy one or more of the 16 paddle trails. Bring your kayak on the deck of your yacht, on the rooftop of your car, or rent one at the various launch ramps.

Canopied, secluded and peaceful streams and creeks, as well as the many rivers, estuaries and even ponds, contain a wealth of birds, aquatic creatures and mammals to observe, study and photograph at close quarters in their natural surroundings – truly a nature lovers dream!
The beauty of exploring these waters is that they suit all levels of paddlers – short trips of just a few hours, longer all-day excursions, or, for the more adventurous, camping platforms for overnight stays on even longer paddles, offer something for everyone.

Come and enjoy the beauty of the area and all it has to offer – you won’t be disappointed.

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Albemarle Loop Paddling Trails


FInd a Paddling Trail that meets your requirements and click on the link
Easily acessed from a Loop Marina
Access by car
Beginners Level Trails
Experienced Level Trails
Addional Trails - visit the Albemarle Loop Facebook Kayak Pages
New trails are added all the time.  Return to this site for new paddling experiences

CLICK HERE FOR SPECIAL KAYAKING EVENTS


Edenton Area


Edenton Harbor is nestled along Edenton Bay with the 1886 Roanoke River Lighthouse overlooking the Harbor which is close to downtown where boaters will find restaurants, coffee shops, art galleries, historic tours, a hardware store and movie theater.

AMENITIES

Kayak Rentals | Laundry - Nearby | Propane - Nearby | Restaurants - Nearby | Golf - Nearby | Tennis - On Site | Retail Wine/Beer - Nearby | bike rental | Restaurant - Nearby | Bank/ATM - Nearby | Museums - Nearby | Theater - Nearby | Rental Cars- Nearby | Art Gallery Nearby


Edenton - Edenton Bay Trail


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For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.  Put-ins - Yes, other put-ins available
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Edenton - Pembroke Creek Trail


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For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.  Put-ins-Yes, other put-ins available.  Map/GPS advisable to avoid getting confused when navigating around 3 large islands.  Put-in-Yes, other put-ins available.  
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Edenton - Queen Anne Creek Trail


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For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.  Beaver dam limits further access after about 2 1/2 miles.  Put-in-Yes, other put-ins available

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Edenton (North @ RT 158 and Rt 32) - Merchants Millpond


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Merchants Millpond is north of Edenton and can be reached by car.  Ranger-led tours (reservations required).  GPS advisable unless with a ranger.  Canoe/kayak rentals, restrooms, picnic tables, walking trails, ample parking at 2 points, kayak wash station, camping.
Putins-No - boat launches and dock.
For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.
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Edenton - Dillards Creek


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Dillards Creek is north of Edenton and can be reached by car or boat.  If visiting by boat be prepared to anchor off in the Chowann River and paddle ashore.  Private community - permission required.  No put-ins.
For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.
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Hertford (Albemarle Plantation)-Yeopim Creek & Yeopim River Trail


Albemarle Plantation, a waterfront golf and marina community featuring four-star amenities, including an acclaimed Dan Maples Signature Golf Course, a charming Clubhouse and resort-style pool, a full-service marina, a new community center and fitness facility,

AMENITIES
Kayak Rentals | Restrooms/Showers | Fresh Water | Propane | Free WIFI | High Speed Broad Band WIFI | Pet Friendly | Swimming Pool - On Site | Restaurant (2) - On Site | Golf - On Site | Bike Rentals | Tennis - On Site | Retail Wine/Beer | Dollar General - On Site.


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For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.
Putin-in - 2 one at marina and 1 at boat launch.

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Make a reservation to enter security gate.





Elizabeth City - Sawyers Creek Trail


Elizabeth City has been named one of the “100 Best Small Towns in America” It is the cultural, economic and educational hub of the sixteen-county Historic Albemarle region of northeastern North Carolina.

AMENITIES

Kayak Rentals - Nearby | Restrooms/Showers - Nearby | Pet Friendly | Restaurants - Nearby | | Retail Wine/Beer - Nearby | Bank/ATM - Nearby | Museums - Nearby | Theater - Nearby |Rental Cars- Nearby | Art Gallery Nearby


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For more information go to our kayaking facebook page.  Access also possible at Lamb's Marina, or Sawyers Creek ramp just off NC343N .  Put-in-Yes

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Hertford


Hertford Bay Marina, new as of 2015, includes 9 slips that can accommodate a wide range of transient vessels.The marina is located one block from the Historic Downtown with restaurants, shops, a hardware and a convenience store that has groceries.

AMENITIES
Fresh Water | |Laundry - Nearby | Propane - Nearby | Pet Friendly | Restaurant - Nearby | Tennis - Nearby | Retail Wine/Beer | Art Gallery Nearby | Museums - Nearby | Bank/ATM - Nearby


Hertford Bay and Perquimans River

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Paddle distance to PR source 18 miles, hence the experience level. Few take-out points until bridge at SR 37. Bridge take-out at SR 1202 can be difficult in dry conditions.   some camping platforms.  Put-in-Yes. (Goodwin Crrek) Putting in at the bridge on SR 1111 (Beech Springs Rd) soon presents a very large beam across the entire creek. Further progress requires portaging around this obstruction through a very swampy area, hence the experience level. Goodwin Creek can also be accessed from the Perquimans River, but exiting at SR 1111 will require portaging around the same beam. (Racoon) Low bridge on Wynne Fork Road can prevent going further up the creek. (Mill Creek)Low bridge on Creek Drive can present access difficulties to the Creek.
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Columbia


Stroll through Columbia's Historic District and waterfront boardwalk to admire residential and commercial buildings dating from the 19th century and ranging in style from Victorian and Craftsman, to Tudor Revival and Romanesque.

AMENITIES
Restrooms/Showers | Fresh Water | Laundry - Nearby | Propane - Nearby | WIFI | Pet Friendly | Restaurants - Nearby | Retail Wine/Beer | Museums - Nearby | Tennis - Nearby | Bank/ATM - Nearby


Alligator River National Wildlife Refuge

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Can see bears and alligators, plus good bird life. Map/GPS recommended.  Porta John, limited parking.  Put-in-No, put- in from boat ramp
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Plymouth


Enjoy breathtaking nature as bald eagles and ospreys fly overhead, while experiencing the greatest bio diversity in North Carolina. Tour our beautiful Roanoke River lighthouse replica and visit three amazing museums along our historic Plymouth waterfront.

AMENITIES
Restrooms/Showers | Fresh Water  | Propane - Nearby | WIFI | Pet Friendly | Restaurants - Nearby | Retail Wine/Beer | Museums (3) - Nearby | Golf -Nearby | Bank/ATM - Nearby


Conaby Creek Trail

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Put-in=Yes, new kayak launch
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Dismal Swamp Canal


The Dismal Swamp Welcome Center is a NC DOT facility providing travel and tourism to both highway and waterway traffic. Our rest area and NC State Park provide numerous opportunities for eco-tourism options.

AMENITIES
Restrooms/Showers | Fresh Water | WIFI | Pet Friendly | Groceries - Nearby | Boaters Lounge | Kayak/Canoe/Bike rentals | Exhibits/Trails | Gift Shop Onsite | Museums - Nearby


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Put-in=Yes, new kayak launch
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