In this article, we are going to give readers some suggestions on where to go kayaking in Carteret County NC for kids and families looking for the best place to go for paddle trails, nature, and sightseeing within our coastal environment.
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This article will focus on the communities of Morehead City, Beaufort, Newport, and communities on Bogue Banks to include Emerald Isle and Atlantic Beach. But, we hope our readers will tell us about places in the Down East communities near Harkers Island NC.
Calico Creek In Morehead City NC
Calico Creek is a small estuary coming off the Newport River and winds it’s way through Morehead City near Crab Point. This area offers some great views of shorebirds, wild ducks, and saltwater marshes in a calm water environment.
Taylor Creek In Beaufort NC
Taylor Creek is a waterway between Front St in Beaufort NC and the Rachel Carson Wildlife Reserve where kayaking is very popular as families paddle over to the reserve to see the wild horses. This location also offers great nature views and sightseeing opportunities for boats and yachts along the docks, saltwater marshes, and many species of shorebirds. There is also a public park where you can launch your kayak.
Newport River in Newport NC Near Chatham St (Old Highway 70)
Running from downtown Morehead City to almost the Carteret County border with Craven County, the Newport River is wide in the Eastern portion of the county and very narrow as it nears the Western part of the county. In the area depicted by the image below, those kayaking these waters will have access to scenery and wildlife of the Croatan National Forest and rich deep black water pocosins, marshland, and moss draped trees. We also believe there is a rental business that operates at the landing on Chatham St.
Back Channel Near Emerald Point In Emerald Isle NC
Back Channel is an area that is in Bogue Sound near where the sound meets the ocean in Emerald Isle and is a great Carteret County kayaking adventure spot for kids and families that enjoy open water, viewing the saltwater marshes, numerous shorebirds, and coastal plains wildlife. This is also a good spot for nature photography on your adventure. To access this area, take Coast Guard Rd to the point where there is public parking and walk out on the point and go to your right. We do want to point out that this area will be more for experienced kayaking as there will be water current, deep water, and choppy water before you get in to protected areas from the wind.
Hoop Pole Creek In Atlantic Beach NC
Hoop Pole Creek in Atlantic Beach is located in Bogue Sound and will offer a great experience for viewing saltwater marshes, various wildlife and birds, sandbars, and other nature. We are not exactly sure where one can launch a kayak from land in this area, so hopefully readers of this article will tell us using the comments below. To access this area, follow Highway 58 in Atlantic Beach and the area is defined by sound side water near Bojangles restaurant.
Pettiford Creek Launch Site On The White Oak River
This is a brand new area which opened in October of 2021 and is a new area with dedicated parking and provides for a great scenic route in to the White Oak River along Highway 58 near Cape Carteret. This new kayak, canoe and paddleboard launch site is located at 920 Highway 58.
While the places we have outlined in this article is not an exhaustive list, it should help you get started navigating local waterways with a kayak and enjoying your recreation adventure.
While we have outlined some areas to explore in Morehead City, Newport, Beaufort, Atlantic Beach, and Emerald Isle, what are some good opportunities located Down East near Harkers Island, Bettie, Marshallberg, Cedar Island, North River, South River, and Merrimon?
For the more adventurous and experienced, what advice can you give someone interested in exploring Shackleford Banks and Cape Lookout by kayak? Are the protected areas near Back Sound a good place to kayak in Carteret County?