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Rockyhock Creek/Bennett’s Millpond Trail, 5 Miles
Skill Level:  Beginner
Difficulty:  Easy
Time Required:  3 Hours for Rockyhock Creek, Half Day - Whole Day for Millpond
 
Bennett’s Millpond Another trail that begins on an old milldam, Bennett’s Millpond offers a day of canoeing through cypress trees and beaver lodges. The millpond has a population of nutria which can be seen swimming or sunning on old stumps and tussocks of grass. The millpond is home to a variety of birds including herons, geese, ducks, and owls. Bennett’s Millpond is listed on the NC Birding Trail. The canoeist can follow the millpond upstream for several miles, where it becomes a small stream that provides water for the millpond. The millpond is managed by Chowan County and the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department. The county has developed a hiking trail with several hundred feet of boardwalk and is in the process of developing additional facilities. A pedestrian bridge over the dam where the original mill house was located allows access across the millpond. There is a primitive camping area and picnic shelter available. At the old mill site the canoeist/kayaker can portage around the dam and follow Rockyhock Creek to its mouth where it joins the Chowan River. The creek is lined with a canopy of mature trees as well as views of neighboring farmland. (Map)
Access Name/Description:
(1) Chowan County’s Bennett's Millpond
(2) SR 1207 Bridge

Pembroke Creek Trail, 4 Miles
Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate
Difficulty:  Easy/Moderate
Time Required:  3-4 Hours
 
Pembroke CreekThis trail can be accessed from the historic waterfront in Edenton by floating dock. While canoeing or kayaking along the waterfront, one can view many historic homes and buildings that showcase Edenton’s beauty and quaintness. Also, access to 5 camping platforms on adjacent John’s Island is less than .5 mile from the waterfront. Pembroke Creek has some development and is used during warm weather for waterskiing by locals. It is a popular spot for bass fishing and close access to Edenton Bay and the Albemarle Sound. The banks are lined with mature trees, many hanging full of Spanish moss. There are several homes dotting the shoreline as they have discovered the peaceful nature of this stream. The section of the trail along the Edenton waterfront is part of the Albemarle Sound and caution should be exercised because the water can become quite rough on windy days or when storms pass by. Edenton has a wonderful walking tour of many of its historic homes and buildings that can be combined with a canoe trip to make a pleasurable journey into our past. (Map)
Access Name/Description:
(1) SR 1208 Bridge
(2) SR 1200 Bridge
(3) Pembroke Fishing Center
(4) Edenton Waterfront Park

Queen Anne Creek Trail, 4 Miles
Skill Level:  Beginner
Difficulty:  Easy
Time Required:  2-3 Hours
 
Queen Anne CreekThis trail begins at Edenton Waterfront Park and passes by the town's historical waterfront, as it makes its way upstream to the bridge on NC 32. Remnants of Edenton's past dot the trail as it meanders through tall marsh grasses near the old Cotton Mill. Queen Anne Creek has several of these old structures located on its banks and one can only wonder of the activity of days gone by. The best way to enjoy the trail is to paddle from Historic Edenton to the NC 32 bridge and back for a 4 mile outing. (Map)
Access Name/Description:
(1) Edenton Waterfront Park
(2) Queen Ann Park
(3) NC 32 Bridge
(4) Cotton Mill Boardwalk Access

Trestle House Inn/Cape Colony Trail
Skill Level:  Intermediate
Difficulty:  Moderate
Time Required:  2-4 Hours
 
Trestle HouseThis trail begins at the Historic Trestle House Inn, south of Edenton off the Albemarle Sound. This trail offers an opportunity to explore the creek that feeds into the Albemarle Sound and to continue along the edge of the Sound to the Edenton waterfront. The Sound portion of this trail is located in open waters and only experienced paddlers should utilize this portion of the trail. To gain access from the Trestle House, paddlers must pass through a culvert under the road into Cape Colony. (Map)
Access Name/Description:
(1) Cape Colony Neighborhood Access at the end of Blackbeard’s Road
(2) Queen Anne Park, Edenton

Catherine/Warwick Creek Trail, 5 Miles
Skill Level:  Beginner/Intermediate
Difficulty:  Moderate, due to length and open water at the mouth of the creek
Time Required:  3-5 Hours
 
This trail begins in the narrows of the creek and takes the canoeist downstream through scenic hardwood swamps to the edge of the Chowan River. As the stream approaches the river it becomes wider and is dotted with islands of buttressed stemmed cypress tress hanging full of Spanish moss. These beautiful sentinels appear to guard the mouth of the creek and one can only wonder what early explorers thought as they investigated this tributary of the Chowan River. Troutman Creek is a tributary of Catherine/Warwick Creek and offers an additional 4 miles of trail into neighboring Gates County. Warwick Creek forms the county line between Gates and Chowan Counties. It meanders through beautiful hardwood forests on its way to the Chowan River. On calm days, Holladay’s Island offers additional paddling opportunities and access to 5 camping platforms. Reservations on the platforms are required and available through the Edenton-Chowan Recreation Department.
Access Name/Description:
(1) SR 1232 Bridge

Dillard Creek Trail, 4 Miles
Skill Level:  Beginner
Difficulty:  Easy
Time Required:  2-3 Hours
 
Beginning at the old milldam this short scenic trail can be completed in a morning or afternoon. This trail has many mature trees bordering its banks which give the effect of canoeing through twin columns of tall ancient sentries. The mouth of the creek becomes quite wide as it dumps its murky tannic acid waters into the Chowan River. Typical to the area, the mouth of the creek is dotted with solitary cypress trees. Located at the milldam is the old mill, which has been converted to electricity. If you are lucky enough to catch the miller in, you can purchase cornmeal ground by the old stones of the mill. Remnants of the millpond are still visible and the canoeist can explore the stream that once fed the millpond and provided power to the mill. (Map)
Access Name/Description:
(1) SR 1226 Bridge
(2) Arrowhead Beach Safe Refuge Boat Dock