In the quiet swamps of the Coastal Plain, paddlers find peace, elusive creatures make their homes, and ancient cypresses stand firm in a landscape that is anything but.
NC Icons: The Legend of Methuselah
Deep in the remote Three Sisters Swamp of the Black River stands an ancient old-growth forest. For decades, a famed bald cypress, dated to 372 AD and known as Methuselah, was its patriarch — until two even older trees were discovered.
Going with the Flow: 5 Stops Along the Cape Fear River
Paddle to ancient bald cypress trees, explore a wetland boardwalk, race through rapids, catch your own clams, and savor shrimp and grits as you head east along the mighty Cape Fear.
Paddling for Pie on the Roanoke River
The Roanoke River is home to snakes, bears, bobcats — and perfect, old-fashioned pie. Two sisters set off in search of a slice and find so much more.