Flowing through about 60 miles of southeast North Carolina, the Black River is a wild, scenic kayaking destination. The Black receives less traffic than the nearby Cape Fear River, making it one of the more secluded waterways in the region. Some of the oldest trees in North America grow along the Black River, including bald cypress trees that have stood watch over the shore for nearly 2000 years.
Peace and Scenic BeautyThe landscape along the Black River is mostly undeveloped, even though the shoreline is a mix of private property and North Carolina Nature Conservancy land. The Black River flows through wild wetlands and cypress forests, deeply stained with the tea-colored wood tannin that gives the river its name. You'll often see herons and other wetland waterfowl hunting in the shallows, and fishermen are often rewarded with catches of bass and catfish. Although the river has a faster flow than many coastal waterways, the water is generally calm and smooth, making it a perfect destination for beginners and experienced kayakers who want nothing more than peace and quiet in a wild setting.
Richard Corrigan, Demand Media
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