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Albemarle Loop

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YOUR KAYAKING GUIDES

Cassondra
A native to this area and lover of nature, Cassondra began paddling out on the backcountry waters of the Little River in 2003. What once was an athletic adventure has now become a passion. A member of the American Canoe Association, CPR certified, she kayaks with head, heart and hands and will have you doing the same. For more details call 252-404-2266.

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Captain Jeff
Born and raised in Elizabeth City, Jeff has deep local roots and has been guiding and exploring our waters professionally for 15 years. His genuine experience on the water goes far beyond knowing the best fishing holes; he has an incredible understanding of the ecosystem and marine life. Whatever the adventure, it’ll be an epic trip.

2021 Kayak Events

COVID - 19 COMPLIANCE
Native Girl Kayaking and the Albemarle Loop comply with the North Carolina Guidlines on the phase relevant to the date of the paddle. 

 EVENT IN HERTFORD - Saturday, April 10th - Hertford’s Perquimans’s Narrows (Belvedere Boat Ramp)
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Event Details

Saturday, April 10th @10:30: Hertford’s Perquimans’s Narrows (Belvedere Boat Ramp) (approx. 2 hr. paddle).

Meet up just after passing the Nicholson House Gift Shop, 10:30AM Saturday.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Narrows of the Perquimans

Where HW 37 / Belvedere Rd. and the Perquiman’s River meet is the boat ramp for our paddle event. This location is on the left after passing the Nicholson House Gift Shop, a good place to eat after paddling. Plenty of parking off road and the put in is either the boat ramp itself or a lower platform. We’ll paddle down river towards Goodwin Creek for about an hour before heading back winding through calm waters and protected cypress shorelines. There’s a view around every corner and plenty of wildlife from songbirds to fishing birds and even river otters. This is a quiet rural paddle where you can relax at nature’s doorstep while being guided through this exceptional habitat. 2 hour paddle.

Other things to do in Hertford

There are a few restaurants in downtown Herford and surrounds, but leave time to visit the Jim (Catfish) Hunter Museum (he was born in Hertford), have an ice cream at Woodard’s Pharmacy, and pay a visit to the Newbold-White House, which, built in 1730, is the oldest house in NC open to the public.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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EVENT IN EDENTON - Saturday, May 8th - Edenton’s Queen Anne Park Little Creek
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Event Details
Kayak Queen Anne Creek & the Edenton Bay
Saturday, May 8th @ 9:30AM: Edenton’s Queen Anne Park Little Creek (approx. 2 hr. paddle)

Meet up at Queen Anne Park, Edenton, NC (map link here). Break for lunch between the trips.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Saturday am.

Meet at Queen Anne Park at 9:30 am. We’ll put-in from the kayak launch at the start of Hayesfarm Rd., and head east towards Queen Anne Creek past the old Cotton Mill board-walk to the NC 32 bridge and beyond. Explore the side creeks on the way with cypress shorelines and nature at your fingertips. Return to Queen Anne Park and find a lunch at one of the many fine restaurants in this charming city.

Saturday pm

After lunch, tour the shops and historic sites of the city.

Dinner that evening in one of Edenton’s fine dining opportunities.

Other things to do in Edenton

There are non-paddling opportunities to visit historic areas (Penelope Barker House, 1886 Lighthouse, Court House, Trolley Tour), art galleries, restaurants and retail stores.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

Queen Anne Park
210 E Water St, Edenton, NC 27932
https://www.bing.com/maps?q=Queen+anne+park+edenton+nc&FORM=HDRSC4 

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ELIZABETH CITY - Saturday, May 15th - Elizabeth City’s Sawyers Creek
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Saturday, May 15th @ 9:30AM: Elizabeth City’s Sawyers Creek .

Meet up at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Ramp off NC 343, about 2 northwest of Camden.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.
*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Saturday am

This charming 2-3hour paddle begins at the NC Wildlife Resources Commission Boat Ramp off NC 343, about 2 miles northwest of Camden. Start off going upstream under the NC bridge and enjoy the peaceful waters surrounded by the variety of flora and fauna native to this area. The stream starts to get narrower at about Sawyers Creek Rd., about 2 miles. Turn around here and return to the NC 343 bridge, where you can take out.

Other things to do in the Elizabeth City

Good restaurants abound in Elizabeth City, and the Museum of the Albemarle is well worth a visit.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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ROPER NC - Saturday, May 29th - Roper’s Kendrick Creek at Mackey’s Marina
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Event Details
Saturday, May 29th @ 9:30AM: Roper’s Kendrick Creek at Mackey’s Marina (approx. 2 hr. paddle).

Meet up at Mackeys Marina, 417 Mackey Ferry Rd.
Roper, NC, 27970. Break for lunch between the trips.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Kayak Registration Form

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Saturday  am

Mackey’s/Kendrick Creek - In an area steeped in civil war history, the Mackey’s/Kendrick Creek paddling trail is also a wonderful excursion for nature lovers. The high banks are lined with many species of hardwood trees not usually found in this coastal area, and provide a wonderful habitat for eagles, osprey and aquatic wildlife. Just in from the Albemarle Sound, several old fish houses are still visible, and Mackey’s Landing is an attractive put-in spot with a shop and popular restaurant. Paddlers will enjoy the beautiful and serene environment that the trail winds through.  We’ll launch from Mackey’s Marina and head out to the sound and back ( a 2 hr. paddle), then take out for lunch at The Landing.

Other things to do in the area

There are non-paddling opportunities to visit historic areas, museum, art galleries, restaurants and retail stores in Columbia and/or Plymouth. Come learn and have fun through our educational, whimsical, entertaining and diverse events.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.


Mackeys Marina
417 Mackey Ferry Rd.
Roper, NC, 27970

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PLYMOUTH NC - Saturday, June 5th - Plymouth’s Conaby Creek at Bear Landing
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Event Details

Saturday, June 5th @ 9:30AM: Plymouth’s Conaby Creek at Bear Landing (1000 E. Main St, Plymouth)  (approx. 2 hr. paddle). Meet up at Bear Track Landing @ 9 AM Saturday.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Itinerary

Saturday am

Paddle Conaby Creek from the brand new Bear Track Landing to the take-out just beyond NC HWY 45 Bridge. Total travelling distance will be approximately 3.5 miles. By traveling on this scenic route, you will have the opportunity to see a variety of plants and wildlife, including eagles, osprey, and various song birds. Lunch back in Plymouth

Other things to do in the area

Non-paddling opportunity to visit historic areas, museum, art galleries, restaurants and retail stores in Columbia and/or Plymouth. Come learn and have fun through our educational, whimsical, entertaining and diverse events.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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ALBEMARLE PLANTATION  - Saturday, June 12th - Albemarle Plantation’s Yeopim Creek Boat Ramp
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Saturday, June 12th @ 9:30AM: Albemarle Plantation’s Yeopim Creek Boat Ramp
Meet up at Albemarle Plantation boat ramp at 9am.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.

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Saturday am

On arrival at the security gate, notify the security person on duty that you are here for the kayak trip. Go through the gate, and follow signs to the Boat Launch. This will be where registration takes place at 0900, and the paddle will start. 

You will paddle up the Yeopim Creek for about 2 miles, and then turn around and go back, taking in a couple of side creeks on the way. You will take out at the Boat Launch. Yeopim Creek is a paddlers’ dream – calm and sheltered, it offers pristine wooded banks of bald cypress and tupelo gums. It is a natural birdlife habitat, where osprey, bald eagles and many other bird types abound. You may even be lucky enough to see dolphins nearer to the Sound and Marina on your return, so keep your eyes peeled!

You will continue on to the Marina, where you will be met and be escorted to Dockside, a Pizza Restaurant within the Plantation.

Saturday pm

After lunch at Dockside, you will be able golf at the Sound Golf Links golf course at the Albemarle Loop discounted rate.  Clubs are available if you left yours at home.

More about Albemarle Plantation

Albemarle Plantation is a gated community sited on the banks of the Yeopim Creek and Albemarle Sound. Amenities include an 18 hole golf course, tennis & bocce courts, a swimming pool, Community Center with an exercise room, a full service marina and 2 restaurants.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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Come back to see Fall Schedule  - SCUPPERNONG RIVER/RIDERS CREEK, Columbia, NC 
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November 8th, Columbia - Scuppernong River/Riders Creek Paddle
 (approx. 2 hr. paddle).

Meet up at the boat ramp @ Tyrrell County Visitors Center, 205 S Ludington Dr, Travelling west, it's the last left, Columbia, NC 27925-9687, 9:00AM Saturday.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.
Reserve your spot here  
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Saturday am

The Scuppernong River empties into the Albemarle Sound at Columbia. Kayaking opportunities from Columbia are somewhat restricted as, going upstream, the first take-out point, near Creswell, is 12 miles away. However, a little way up the Scuppernong, the river branches, and the left fork leads to Riders Creek which, particularly in fall, is very attractive. The only disadvantage is the need to retrace your path back to Columbia.

Other things to do in Columbia

There are a number of eating places in Columbia to choose from, but leave time to visit the Visitors Center at Pocosin Lakes National Wildlife Refuge, and to walk along the boardwalk. Also worth a visit is the Pocosin Arts, School of Fine Craft.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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Come back to see Fall Schedule  -    DISMAL SWAMP FALL FOLIAGE KAYAK TOUR
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November 14th Dismal Swamp Paddle
(approx. 2 hr. paddle).

Location: The Dismal Swamp Canal Welcome Center: 2356 US-17, South Mills, NC 27976

Meet up at the parking lot near the kayak launch and ranger station between 9:30-9:45am for a 10:00AM kayak launch.

Cost: $50/ per person. includes kayak, paddles and vests. Bring your own kayak and register for $25/person.

*Number of guides depends on group size.
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Saturday am

Kayak The Great Dismal Swamp in a guided fall foliage paddle to usher in the new season. Join us for safe passage through what was once an escape route to sovereignty. Our conversational kayaking tour will bring about chats on the Maroons, wildlife and fauna on nearby banks.

Other things to do at the Dismal Swamp

Dismal Swamp State Park
Dismal Swamp State Park allows a unique wilderness experience in a landscape that has been witness to American Indian hunting parties, exploration by George Washington and the story of the Underground Railroad. The park features 20 miles of trails, beyond a 2,000-foot boardwalk that puts visitors in the midst of the Great Dismal Swamp. Birding and viewing abundant wildlife are favored activities. Mountain biking on the trails and kayaking the adjacent Dismal Swamp Canal are both encouraged. Visitors may bring their own equipment or rent at the park. Regular interpretive programs about the wetlands ecology and history of the famed swamp complement museum-quality exhibits in the visitor center.

Tips: dress for cooler weather, wear layers but keep your fabrics lightweight, avoid heavy cotton jeans… choose fabrics that dry easily and you can move easily. Water shoes are a plus but not necessary, bring a water bottle and a snack or food bar for fuel along the way if need be.

All kayaking levels welcome, all participants must be able to swim, children 10 & over welcome.
Note: The proposed timing of the paddle trips is weather dependent. You will be provided with a 24 hr notice to reschedule or receive a refund if weather interrupts the paddle.

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