Kayaking in Northeastern North Carolina
One of the best parts about living on Northeastern North Carolina is taking advantage of all the beautiful, natural surroundings unique to this area. With dozens of hiking trails, hosts of nature preserves, miles of salt and freshwater coastline, and a variety of family activities to choose from, your possibilities are limitless. However, one recreational activity that everyone should try is kayaking.
Kayaking is both relaxing and adventurous simultaneously and is the perfect way to explore the natural landscape around your home. Kayaking is a watersport that is ideal for beginners so it can be enjoyed by the whole family. Because kayaking is such a popular activity in NE North Carolina, there are many local businesses that cater to kayakers making it is easy to purchase gear, maintain your watercraft, or even take lessons.
Even if you rent out your home for most of the year, kayaking is a great activity to suggest to your house guests. Not only will they appreciate the suggestion but they’re sure to have such a good time on their excursion that they will want to keep coming back to your house year after year! Between the rivers, canals, sound and the ocean, there are so many waterways to explore in Northeastern NC that kayaking never gets old because you’re guaranteed a different experience each and every trip!
Where can I go kayaking?
While many houses in Northeastern North Carolina border the water and have their own kayak launching points, there are also plenty of public areas to set out on a grand kayaking adventure. Beginners should stick to calmer waters of lakes and canals, or the open sound water on a quiet, serene day. Experienced kayakers may enjoy the challenge of paddling through the ocean but will still enjoy exploring a calmer body of water. It’s always a good idea to check the weather and tide charts before you go, however, because leisurely paddling can easily turn into a vigorous excursion if the wind suddenly picks up. If you aren’t sure where to start, here are a few of the most popular kayak launch sites in various areas:
Elizabeth City Area: Sitting along the Pasquotank River that feeds into the Albemarle Sound, Elizabeth City sits in the perfect spot for anyone who loves getting out on the water.
- The Pelican Marina
Currituck Mainland Area: A large portion of Currituck County mainland is bordered by the North River to the west and the Currituck Sound to the East offering miles of sound and river coastline for launching your personal watercraft.
- Coinjock Marina in Coinjock
- Midway Marina in Terrell
Outer Banks Area: Any public beach access (for ocean kayaking) or public sound access (for sound/canal kayaking) is a great place to launch! Many neighborhoods also have community launch ramps available for homeowners and their guests.
- Whalehead Club in Corolla
- Soundside Park in Duck
- Kitty Hawk Woods Coastal Reserve in Kitty Hawk
- Jockey's Ridge State Park Sound Access in Nags Head
- Historic Downtown Manteo on Roanoke Island
- Pea Island National Wildlife Refuge on Hatteras Island
- Salvo Day Use Area on Hatteras Island
- Canadian Hole on Hatteras Island
What activities can I do while kayaking?
Although getting out on the water and exploring the coast is reason enough to try this popular watersport, kayaking is the perfect way to elevate other activities you already enjoy. Here are a few ways you can combine some of your favorite recreational hobbies with kayaking:
Watch the sunset: Have you ever wanted to sail off into a sunset? Grab a kayak, paddle out into the water at dusk, and you can do just that! You’ll love the breathtaking views that you just can’t get from land. And don’t forget to grab your camera to capture the memory forever!
Go fishing: If you love the anticipation of casting your line out to see what you might catch, try fishing from a kayak! Kayak fishing is a great way to try your luck in areas you can’t normally reach and adds an element of challenge to an already exciting sport. Plus, anglers will appreciate that owning a kayak offers similar benefits to owning a boat but is much more affordable and convenient. Plus, you can even participate in kayak fishing tournaments if you enjoy a competition!
Take a guided tour: Turn your kayak adventure into an educational outing! You’re almost guaranteed to see awesome wildlife and beautiful scenery while on your kayaking trip—but do you know exactly what you’re seeing? Try booking a guided tour from a local watersport company in your area. Professional tour guides will be able to help you navigate new waterways and give you an overview of the area’s history all while pointing out the local flora and fauna.
If getting off work and launching your kayak in your own backyard sounds like a dream come true, speak to a local realtor at Coldwell Banker Seaside Realty to start your search for your perfect home in Eastern North Carolina.