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Paddling Trails of Onslow

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The Hammocks Beach State Park Paddle Trails

The park’s mainland gateway offers a full-service visitor center and is the launch site for ferry service, canoes or kayaks. Rent or bring your own kayaks, canoes or paddleboards to explore paddling trails leading to marshes, Bear Island or Huggins Island, which is graced with unspoiled maritime forest. Enjoy three well-marked paddle trails, ranging from 200 yards to more than six miles.

Interpretive programs and extensive exhibits at Hammocks Beach State Park teach about park ecology and wildlife including endangered sea turtles and nesting shorebirds.  For more information, visit the North Carolina Parks website.


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The Cow Horn/New River Paddling Trail

This park features a 16.85-mile trail that travels to New River, Rhodestown Landing, Burton Industrial Park, and New River Waterfront Park. The trail difficulty level is rated 2-3.  Get directions here.

Some things you may see along your way are…alligators, beaver dams, bird sightings, black water, estuaries, limestone formations, saltwater marshes, swamp river, tree canopies, and other wildlife.

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Check out more information about Kayaking/SUP Outposts or water recreation rentals.  We hope you enjoy paddling the waterways in Onslow!