Canoeing in North Carolina

Canoeing Trips in North Carolina

North Carolina is packed with scenic water to paddle and quite a few possibilities for overnight trips, too! Move inland from the ocean and you will find many lakes to paddle in this beautiful coastal state! Check out all canoeing trips in North Carolina for every level of canoeist. Whether you're looking for a guided trip, canoe rentals, self-guided, day trip, multi-day trip, or anything in between, there's a canoe trip in North Carolina for you! If you've paddled North Carolina before, be sure to share your trip with the rest of us!

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Guide to Canoeing in North Carolina

North Carolina is a great place for anyone to go paddling. The waters are not overly technical and there are many options for shorter or longer overnight trips on the rivers and large inland lakes. Here are a few popular paddling destinations in North Carolina:

  • Dan River
  • Black River
  • Fontana Lake

Canoeing Locations In North Carolina

If you want to plot your own route, check out all paddling locations in North Carolina! Search thousands of put-in and take-out locations on our Paddling Locations Map and be sure to download the Go Paddling app where you can save favorites or create and share a float plan!

Plan a Canoeing Trip in North Carolina

    Over the years, many of our paddlers have paddled throughout North Carolina and were so generous to share their paddling experiences with us in a community trip report. Read a few examples of North Carolina community trip reports below:

    Connect with Paddlers in North Carolina

    Are you looking to connect with other paddlers about going canoeing in North Carolina? Check out the Message Boards for resources to help you get started.

    Canoe Outfitters in North Carolina

    Looking to rent a kayak or go on a guided trip? Check out these outfitters in North Carolina: