This is a view near the headwaters of Cahooque Creek in the Croatan National Forest. The water becomes too shallow and waterways too narrow for even a kayak just a be farther into the swamp.
Cahooque Creek Landing has a boat ramp where boats and kayaks are launched into Hancock Creek. Traveling to the right one can float to the Neuse River or take a right hand turn into Cahooque Creek a hundred yards or so from the boat ramp. A leisurely paddle, Cahooque slowly narrows, eventually becoming a swamp.
It is not unusual to see an American Alligator or two when paddling this body of water. Osprey frequently soar above, looking for a fish to snatch from the tanin water. Herons and egrets are often spotted as the search the shallows near the banks for a quick meal. Other creatures frequently seen when exploring this area includes turtles and Wood Ducks.
Cahooque Creek offers an interesting and realitively easy paddle. Along the way the paddler gets to watch the ecosystem transform from riverine to swamp. It is a great way to spend a morning.
March 30th, 2022
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