Haw River, Section 10 (from Wilmington)
Note the emphasis on “experienced” paddlers. You need 400 cfs to run this stretch, says Ferguson, which, as you’ll notice if you check out Section 8 just upriver, is twice what’s needed to run that stretch. Less experienced paddlers get into trouble here after a big rain and are frequently the targets of mid-river rescues. If you lack big water experience, do not attempt Section 10.
For a complete description, including hazards, consult “Paddling Eastern North Carolina” (see below).
More info, including maps and access: “Paddling Eastern North Carolina,” Paul Ferguson (2007, Pocosin Press).
Length: 1.3 miles
Drive: 2 hours 30 minutes from downtown
Put-in: US 64 access (west side of river)
Take-out: Robeson Creek access off Hanks Chapel Road
Time to complete: 1 hour+
Gauge: USGS Haw River near Bynum
Minimum flow: 400 cfs