Cedar Point Weekend/or Day Paddle Trip
Friday, June 27 – Sunday, June 29, 2014
Join us at the Cedar Point Campground ( We are at site #33 )for a day or weekend of camping and paddling around the White Oak River & the surrounding area . Trip destinations will vary and depend on wind/weather conditions w/ numerous options.
Friday afternoon we plan to set up for the night w/ no scheduled paddle but that option is certainly open to those who want to do their own thing. A hike on the 1.3 mile Tideland trail is an option .
Saturday we plan to depart from the campground boat launch at 10:00 a.m. ( in consideration of those who choose to day paddle). If conditions look ok we can paddle around Huggins Island and and/or to Bear Island and possibly stop for a visit to Barrier Island Kayaks . We plan to return up the intercoastal waterway back to the White Oak River and to the campground. This trip can vary considerably w/ the weather (wind, waves & tide) and is approximately 11 miles total. Distance alone would earn it an “INTERMEDIATE” rating.
Sunday we will depart at at 9:00 a.m. for a short & “low key” paddle up the White Oak River to Jones Island for a visit to the environmental center and a laid back 2-3 hour trip. This leg of the trip is much less strenuous and should be ok for beginners if the wind is not kicking up too much. Oyster shells are numerous in this area so be careful.
Directions : From New Bern take Highway 17 South to Maysville and turn left at the stoplight just past Hardee’s onto Highway 58 towards Emerald Isle. Turn right before the Emerald Isle bridge onto the VFW road and go .4 miles before turning left onto the park road. If you are camping go .6 miles and turn left into the campground circle. If not camping then continue to the parking and launch area.
I highly recommend that you wear enclosed shoes that will protect you from the numerous oyster shell beds in the area. Spray skirts are also advised for the open waters & P.F.D.s are required on all paddle trips.
Campsite reservations are encouraged and can be made by calling 877 444-6777 or go online to www.recreation.gov . The campground can accommodate tents or recreational vehicles. Campsites are $22.00 @ night (get a discount w/ senior or handicapped pass ( 3 tents can share a site and save $$$). Showers & bathrooms are available.
PLEASE RSVP if camping.