Recreation and Outdoor Activities

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Get on the Water

The New River features some of the best paddling and fishing in eastern North Carolina year-round. The slow current is ideal for kayakers and canoers of any skill level. There are multiple public water access areas in Jacksonville. Jacksonville Landing is located in the downtown area and features three boat launches and a beach area for launching canoes and kayaks. Also at the Landing is a great fishing pier for those who want to enjoy the river without getting on the water. Jacksonville Landing is located between the two bridges at Marine Boulevard and Old Bridge Street in downtown Jacksonville.

The Riverwalk Marina, located at 15 Kerr St, is a great place to take in the views or launch your kayak or canoe.

For launching on smaller waterways, visit Northeast Creek Park on the eastern side of the City off of Corbin Street. Northeast Creek is a tributary to the New River.

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Kayak Tours and More

Take a guided tour with Paddle NC at Hammocks Beach State Park! This organization offers both kayak and stand up paddle board tours of unspoiled waterways teeming with wildlife. Book a tour today or visit Paddle NC's website to find out more.

Paddle NC has trained instructors and offers high quality equipment for rental. There is no need to bring any gear -- Paddle NC has everything needed for a kayak or stand up paddle board trip on the water.

Cruise the New River

Those looking a more leisurely experience on the water, Bayonet Cruises offers private New River cruises on their luxurious sport yacht. Bayonet Cruises features fine foods, beverages, and comfortably appointed staterooms. Enjoy an early morning cup of coffee on the bridge, relax on the bow as the fog rolls out, or join other guests in the salon for friendly conversation and games. Dancing in the cockpit in the beauty of the evening is a special treat. Visit Bayonet Cruises online to book your experience today!