Recreation

Outdoor recreation abounds in Edenton, NC, where boating, fishing, and camping are especially popular on the Albemarle Sound and local rivers.

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Albemarle Region Canoe Trails

Located throughout 10-county area. Features self-guided canoe trails. Some Handicapped accessible sites. Open year round, 24 hours, seven days a week. Admission: Free.

Linda Peterson
252-482-7437
albemarlercandd@yahoo.com
www.albemarlercd.org/Paddle_Trails.asp
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Bayside Marina Bass Tournaments

Two open bass tournaments per year on the first Saturday in June and November as well as many other tournaments throughout the year from first light until noon. Boat launch: $5.00, Kayak launch: $2.

802 W Queen Street
252-482-5343
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Bennett’s Millpond

Pavilion, boardwalk, primitive camping, canoeing and kayaking, and a NC Birding Trail site.

Shannon Ray
2100 Rocky Hock Road
252-482-8595
shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
pathsofchowan.org
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Birding Trails

Edenton and Chowan County, North Carolina have several birding trails. Bring your binoculars and bird guide book, and enjoy adding to your life list.

Bennett's Millpond

Species: Anhinga, blue heron, hooded merganser, hooded warbler, prothonotary warbler, summer tanager, wading birds

Open daily during daylight hours. Parking, boardwalks and trails at launch area. Gravel access road with concrete boat launch and dock near dam - use caution. Primitive on-site camping available.

Edenton-Chowan Parks and Recreation Department
252-482-8595
www.ncsu.edu/paddletrails
Rocky Hock Road, west of NC 32 and north of Edenton
See location on map

Catherine and Warwick Creeks Paddle Trail

Species: Blue heron, great crested fly-catcher, prothonotary warbler, wading birds

Parking for a few vehicles at launch area. Paddlers are encouraged to leave vehicles at NC Wildlife Resources ramp on Chowan River take-out. Holladay's Island in the middle of the river offers additional paddling and camping opportunities.

Edenton-Chowan Parks and Recreation Department
252-482-8595
www.ncsu.edu/paddletrails
Put-in at Cannon's Ferry Road (SR 1232) Bridge, north of Edenton.
See location on map

Edenton National Fish Hatchery

Species: Bald Eagle, prothonotary warbler, shorebirds, wading birds, wintering waterfowl

Open year-round 7 am—3 pm; parking available on site.

US Fish and Wildlife Service
252-482-4118
www.fws.gov/edenton
1102 West Queen Street (US 17 Business), Edenton, NC 27932
See location on map

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Chowan River Fishing Pier

The old Highway 17 bridge is made new again as the Chowan River Fishing Pier.

Open to the public daily with restroom facility.

NC Wildlife Public Boat Access is also available next to this site.

Chowan County Recreation Department
248 Wharf Landing Road
252-482-8595
shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
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Dillard’s Millpond

Paddling, wildlife, natural resource to be enjoyed.

Shannon Ray
317 Cannon’s Ferry Road.
252-482-8595
Shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
pathsofchowan.org
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Edenton Bay Cruises aboard the “Liber-Tea”

Themed cruises available Thursday–Monday at 10:30, 11:30, 12:30, 1:30, 2:30, and 3:30 (weather permitting) aboard a 22' all electric eco-friendly launch that comfortably accommodates six passengers. Located across from the Penelope Barker House Welcome Center in Colonial Park on South Broad Street. Themed and private charters available also.

Mark Thesier
South Broad Street Colonial Park
860-367-5786
edentonbaycruises.com

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Edenton Ghost Walk

Enjoy walking through the historic streets of Edenton while listening to chilling ghost stories and the vivid history of the town. You will hear both tales from long ago, as well as stories from our present time. Be sure to bring your camera, you never know when some of our ghostly friends will decide to stop in!

Tours offered Thursday, Friday, and Saturday night
$12 per person
Call or email to reserve your spot!

252-325-6911
ghostsofedenton@gmail.com
www.facebook.com/edentonghostwalk

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Edenton National Fish Hatchery

A facility operated by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service, US Department of the Interior. Edenton Hatchery is one of over 80 federal hatcheries located throughout the country dedicated to the preservation of America’s fishing tradition. The Hatchery is featured on the Charles Kuralt Trail. Open year round, 7am-3pm, Monday-Friday, 8am-4pm (no staffing on weekends). Admission: Free.

Stephen Jackson
US 17 S, 1104 West Queen Street
252-482-4118
Stephen_Jackson@fws.gov
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Edenton Steamers Baseball Team

Historic Hicks Field is the site for the Coastal Plain League Baseball games during the summer months. Enjoy family entertainment. Admission: nominal.

Tyler Russell
500 Woodard Street
252-482-4080
edentonsteamers.com
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Edenton Town Harbor

Sail into the South’s Prettiest Town. Newly constructed breakwater, boat slips with electric hookup, and restroom and shower facility. Enjoy the 2-night complimentary stay. Wi-Fi available at the park.

Outdoor enthusiasts can also rent canoes and kayaks at the harbor daily.

Kayak
One person in kayak per hour: $5
Two people in kayak per hour: $7

Canoe
Per hour: $10
All Day (one person in canoe): $35
All Day (two people in canoe): $45

Overnight
Kayak or Canoe: $20

Must be returned by 10 am if not returned by 10 am a charge of $10 per hour will be applied.

Sailors and Cruisers — check out the Albemarle Loop Features for getting off the ICW and enjoying the Inner Banks Harbor Towns for planning purposes.

Edenton Harbor Park Assistant
252-482-2832 or 252-337-4488
edenton.harbor@edenton.nc.gov
townofedenton.com

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Hendrix Park & Cannon’s Ferry River Walk

Paddlers and picnic goers alike can enjoy this newly created natural site along the Chowan River commemorating the herring fishing industry and the important role it played in our community.

Shannon Ray
331 Cannon’s Ferry Road, Tyner, NC
252-482-8595
shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
www.roanokeriverpartners.com

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Holladay’s Island Camping Platforms

Five platforms are nestled on the shore of the Chowan River on Holladay’s Island — first observed by non-native visitors in 1586 during an expedition led by the first governor of Sir Walter Raleigh’s Colony of Roanoke. The island was later acquired by Thomas Holladay in 1730 and has remained virtually unchanged for over 400 years.

Part of the Albemarle Regional Canoe/Kayak Paddling Trail for wildlife and outdoor enthusiasts. 20 miles from Edenton and accessible only by paddle or motor boat. Reservations required.

Shannon Ray
315 Cannon’s Ferry Road off NC 32
252-482-8595
shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
roanokeriverpartners.org
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John’s Island Camping Platforms

Located across from Edenton Harbor, Colonial Park. Five camping platforms for the eco-enthusiast are situated within a short distance of Edenton’s waterfront park, close to restaurants, shops, guided walking and trolley tours. Two single platforms and a cluster of three for groups.

Shannon Ray
252-482-8595
shannon.ray@chowan.nc.gov
roanokeriverpartners.org

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Paddling Trails

Edenton and Chowan County, North Carolina have many paddling trails. Take your kayak or canoe on one of them, which range from beginner to advanced.

Catherine/Warwick Creek

This trail begins in the narrows of the creek and takes the canoeist downstream through scenic hardwood swamps to the edge of the Chowan River. As the stream approaches the river it becomes wider and is dotted with islands of buttressed stemmed cypress tress hanging full of Spanish moss. These beautiful sentinels appear to guard the mouth of the creek and one can only wonder what early explorers thought as they investigated this tributary of the Chowan River. Troutman Creek is a tributary of Catherine/Warwick Creek and offers an additional 4 miles of trail into neighboring Gates County. Warwick Creek forms the county line between Gates and Chowan Counties. It meanders through beautiful hardwood forests on its way to the Chowan River. On calm days, Holladay’s Island offers additional paddling opportunities and access to 5 camping platforms. Reservations on the platforms are required and available through the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department.

Difficulty: Moderate, due to length and open water at mouth of creek
Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
Distance: 5 miles
Time: 3-5 hours
Accesses: SR 1232 - Cannons Ferry Rd
Camping: 5 platforms on Holladay’s Island

Dillard Creek

Beginning at the old milldam this short scenic trail can be completed in a morning or afternoon. This trail has many mature trees bordering its banks which give the effect of canoeing through twin columns of tall ancient sentries. The mouth of the creek becomes quite wide as it dumps its murky tannic acid waters into the Chowan River. Typical to the area, the mouth of the creek is dotted with solitary cypress trees. Located at the milldam is the old mill, which has been converted to electricity. If you are lucky enough to catch the miller in, you can purchase cornmeal ground by the old stones of the mill. Remnants of the millpond are still visible and the canoeist can explore the stream that once fed the millpond and provided power to the mill.

Difficulty: Easy
Skill Level: Beginner
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2-3 hours
Accesses: SR 1226 - Dillard’s Mill Rd
Camping: None

Pembroke Creek

Difficulty: Easy/moderate
Skill Level: Beginner/intermediate
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 3 - 4 hours
Accesses: SR 1208 - Wildcat Rd AND SR 1200 - Macedonia Rd / Mexico Rd
Camping: 5 platforms adjacent on John’s Island

Queen Anne Creek

Difficulty: Easy
Skill Level: Beginner
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2 - 3 hours
Accesses: 1. Edenton Waterfront Park
2. Queen Anne Park
3. NC 32 Bridge
4. Cotton Mill Boardwalk
Camping: None

Rocky Hock Creek/Bennett’s Millpond

Picnic area available
Difficulty: Easy
Skill Level: Beginner
Distance: Rocky Hock: 4 miles
Bennett;s Mill: 3 miles
Time: Rocky Hock: 3 hours
Bennett’s Mill: half /whole day
Accesses: SR 1207 - Rocky Hock Creek Rd / Cowpen Neck Rd
Camping: Yes, Primitive

Cape Colony

Difficulty: Moderate
Skill Level: Intermediate
Distance: 4 miles
Time: 2 - 4 hours
Accesses: SR 1120 - Montpelier Dr
Camping: None

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Taylor Movie Theatre

Enjoy first-run movies in this classic small town movie theater. Matinee and evening showings.

Bob Krochmal
208 South Broad Street
252-482-2676
rkrochmal@embarqmail.com
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The Edenton Escape Room

Can You Find Captain Strafford’s Treasure In Time? Open Every Day by Appointment and Walk-Ins Welcome on Saturdays when the room is available. 2–8 people — $25 each for 2; $22.50 each for 3-4; $20 each for 5-8. Book it Today!

Malcolm King
407 South Broad Street
252-482-4045
debbie.ebtc@gmail.com

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The Links at Mulberry Hill

18-hole, semi-private golf course located along the beautiful Albemarle Sound. Open daily. Driving range on-site. Snack bar and pro shop open 8am-6:30pm. Cart rental available. Pool opens daily Memorial Day to Labor Day.

Summer pool passes available with unlimited swimming for the whole family (includes all dependents living in the household, college age or younger); includes Social Membership during summer months (Member Social Events); use of Tennis Complex during the summer months as well.

Lunch served daily with a menu of great choices.

Chris Jensen
1101 West Soundshore Drive
252-482-3606
jensen.golf@gmail.com
www.linksatmulberryhill.com
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Wharf Landing Marina

Edenton’s newest full service marina. Transient boaters welcome. Gas, diesel, electric hookup, water, cable TVs. Our slips accommodate 8 foot drafts. Dockmaster on duty.

Jack Habit
412 Captain’s Cove
252-337-5454
info@wharflandingedenton.com
wharflandingedenton.com
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