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Cape Fear in North Carolina

Trip Overview

Left the ramp on Hwy 42 near Corinth late Friday evening. Helped a guy named Marsh put in his john boat (not that he needed help but I was right there). Had an easy paddle of about 1.5 miles upriver to the upper end of Mckay Island and about the only place I know of where setting up camp is possible. My girlfriend Sandra and I built a fire in our littlebug camp stove and sat around in chairs enjoying a cocktail and the night silence. Sandra had precut some veggies and put them in a ziploc for an easy one pot meal. We slept in Hennessy hammocks since it wasn't known if there would be another place suitable for a tent.

Saturday morning after breakfast and a cup of tea, we broke camp to do a little exploring upriver and though we had a steady 6-12 mph headwind we easily made it past the Deep River/Haw River confluence to the town of Moncure (5-6 miles from camp).

Saw our new found buddy Marsh and his 2 dogs there on river left so we stopped to chat. Marsh was kind enough to take me to the store for a six pack since the afternoon sun was shining and a cold beer just felt right.

Since we never found a suitable camp we just paddled back to Mckay Island and camped in the same spot as Friday night. The headwinds we fought the whole way to Moncure gently blew us back, a nice state of affairs.

Grilled some turkey sausage burgers on a stowaway grill on top of the littlebug and enjoyed another night of river camping though it was a little colder.

Sunday morning slept late, had breakfast, broke camp and the wind blew us slowly back to the ramp where people were putting in all types of boats for a day of fishing or whatever.




From intersection of Old #1 (SR1011) and Corinth Road (SR1916), take SR1916 for 5.5mi and turn right on NC42W. Continue 1.5mi to area on right.

  • Duration: 2-3 Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Water Type: River/Creek (Up to Class II)
  • Group Rates: No

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