What we love…Jacksonville, NC’s New River
Why we love it…
When most people think of Jacksonville, they have to be politely reminded that we are not talking about Florida. No one ever expects to find such a wonderful paddling destination smack in the middle of a city, let alone one known for its military bases.
Once you hit the water at Jacksonville, you are immediately removed from the city and all the sights and sounds that come with it. The New River stretches for 50 miles, from Jacksonville to the Atlantic Ocean at Topsail Island, and is made up of mostly brackish water. Because it’s brackish, the New River hosts a mixture of fresh water, salt water, and brackish water plants and animals, and also acts as an estuary, creating habitats for developing plants and animals. I’ve seen everything from osprey, to dolphins, to otters while paddling there. And we can’t forget one of my favorite reptiles, the American Alligator.
Know before you go…
Alligators? We got ‘em. Although there are alligators where we paddle, we hardly ever see them, and if we do, they are absolutely terrified of us. Most of the time, they are small (under 3 ft), and they peace out before you can even get your camera out to play paparazzi.
Motor boats use this waterway too. It’s not unusual to be startled by someone in a small creek starting their motor when you thought you were paddling alone! Share the waterway 🙂
Visit Paddle NC at New River. Come drop by and visit us at our location inside of the Riverside Marina in Downtown Jacksonville. We’d love to talk shop with you, or even get you out for a rental or a tour!