It was my first kayak adventure. I read about an Outfitter - Tony Daw - here on paddling.com so I went down to the Broadhurst Bridge and rented a kayak from Tony. Instead of doing the trip that passed by the Cliffs of the Neuse I took the shorter - 3 hours for an inexperienced paddler - that began upriver at Casey's Bridge. I would pull out at the Broadhurst Bridge at the outfitter's ramp.
It was a wonderful trip for a first trip. Near the put-in, there were several small boats with gas powered engines with fishermen. But once I past that immediate area, I was basically on my own with nature. The water is very low considering the drought conditions in Eastern North Carolina but I never had to portage the kayak although at one spot I did have to get out and float the kayak over an extremely low area.
During my trip I saw osprey, hawks, kingfishers, blue heron, canadian geese with young, some little red birds about the size of bluebirds, plus box turtles, and a water moccasin on a log. The only creature that startled me at all was a big bass that rolled over in the shallow water right beside the kayak. I wasn't expecting that :-)I also saw much flowering vegetation. I don't have a lot of knowledge of plants but it is something that I will have to look in to since I plan to continue kayaking!
I plan to do the other section that was already reviewed on this site in the near future, with my own kayak!
Tony Daw's is rustic but he has decent kayaks and canoes for rent.
South of Goldsboro to Highway 111. Right before you reach the Broadhurst Bridge you will see the red canoe and sign for Tony Daw's.