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Elizabeth City Outdoor Adventures

Even with a chill in the air, there is still plenty of outdoor fun and adventure awaiting you!

Southern swamp and hardwood forest mingle at Merchants Millpond State Park, adorning the landscape with massive bald cypress trees, beech groves, Spanish moss and exotic wildlife. Three types of camping are available at family and group campgrounds, primitive backpacking sites and three remote canoe-in campgrounds reached by paddling trails.  Canoes and kayaks can be rented or visitors can bring their own for a unique paddling experience.  For more info call 252-357-1191.

Paddle6_05-03-08_RP_Justin FallsFlatwater kayaking and canoeing is like taking a scenic backroads cruise. In northeastern North Carolina, there’s a lot of scenery to enjoy. Feel your daily stresses melt away as you explore the Dismal Swamp State Park. Experience firsthand the lush swamp forest and get up-close and personal with the wide variety of wildlife.

Both kayak and canoes are available for rent at the Dismal Swamp State Park for $5 per hour. Access is provided for kayaks and canoes beside the Dismal Swamp State Park bridge. Call 252-771-6593 for availability. You can find additional places to paddle in the Albemarle region here.

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Are you thrilled at the prospect of throwing a line in the water? In our waters, you can catch bass, perch, trout, flounder and more.  Our beautiful cypress lined shores are the perfect backdrop for a relaxing day of fishing.

Like to fish, but don’t have a boat? Not a problem, Albemarle Fishing Charters provides the captain, boat and bait. All you need to bring is a desire to fish. If you are considering fishing in the area on your own, be sure to check the inland fishing guidelines and regulations.

bears2Want to further your photography skills? Waterfowl, deer, and many other creatures that call our area home, provide an amazing amount of photographic opportunities on a daily basis. Learn tips on how to take better wildlife photos at NC Wildlife.

Readers, we can’t wait to see you soon on your own Elizabeth City outdoor adventure! Share your experiences with others by using #DiscoverECity. Happy travels!


Christina Rehklau, Director of the CVB, left the corporate world about five years ago to persuade others to take more vacation time by working in tourism. Christina is a recent northern transplant from Ohio, so she’s still working on her Carolinian accent.  To her, every day in the Albemarle region presents a new adventure and something to be explored. Follow her explorations of the area on Twitter at @CLRehklau or Instagram at @crehklau.