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Paddling Our Waterways

Albemarle Region Elizabeth City, NC 27909


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The many waterways that flow into the Albemarle Sound offer unique and fresh opportunities for kayakers, canoeists, and paddle boarders. Canopied, secluded creeks, as well as the many wide rivers, estuaries, and ponds, contain a wealth of birds, aquatic creatures, and mammals to observe 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, all-day excursions, or, for the more adventurous, camping platforms for overnight stays. There is something for everyone.

Albemarle Region Paddling Trail Maps 

Check out the regional trail map and choose your adventure! The Albemarle Loop provides some descriptions of the different trails and difficulty levels. Individual trail maps are located here and access points are marked. There are also boat ramps available at many Elizabeth City parks if you prefer to explore your own path!

Boat Rentals 

Dismal Swamp State Park - kayak and canoe rentals. Call and ask about ranger-guided trips. ***Dismal Swamp State Park is closed for bridge repairs until possibly December 2021.***
Merchants Millpond State Park - canoe rentals
Native Girl Kayaking - mobile kayak service and guided trips
The Pelican Marina - kayak and paddle-board rentals. They also rent out a pontoon boat!

Read our blog about the 5 Best Places to Kayak near Elizabeth City!

We love this blog on Preparing and Packing for Kayak Fishing, or if you'd rather focus on the fishing and not on the paddling, contact Captain Jeff at Albemarle Fishing Charters. Is sailing more your speed? Check out the River City Community Sailing for lessons.


Regional Map - Elizabeth City

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