Haw River, Section 8 (from Wilmington)
More experienced paddlers will find something to keep them entertained as well. In part, that’s because the Haw, this section especially, is peppered with islands that create a variety of passages — and challenges. Even if you think you know this stretch intimately, there’s always the chance you’ll be surprised by a new channel to explore.
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).
Photo: A stretch of Section 8 of the Haw where the river braids around a mid-river island.
Length: 6.7 miles
Drive: 2 hours 45 minutes minutes from downtown
Put-in: Chicken Bridge Road
Take-out: US 15/501 access
Time to complete: 2-3 hours
Gauge: USGS Haw River near Bynum
Minimum flow: 200 cfs