Hadnot Creek is a tributary of the White Oak River. It is in Carteret County and the bridge on Rte 58 across Hadnot Creek is a little over 5 miles north of Rte 24. There is access to this creek at the bridge on the south west shoulder. One can park past the end of the guard rail and walk back toward the river to where a bay off the river comes right up to the edge of the highway right of way. There is a square concrete boundary marker there with an iron post in the middle and a pink flag on a small post adjacent. It is not the best access situation but it is ususable.
Today we created a new access point upstream on Old Church Road, State Road #1104, which is far superior and safer. This road is the Old Rte 58 and is now a loop road off 58. This accesss has always been there but was unsuable as the river downstream and upstream was blocked by strainers and fallen trees.
Today, Martin Luther Kings Birthday, we launched our canoes here and paddled downstream. We cleared all obstacles to navigation as we went and we are very pleased to be able to say we left the river navigable so it is now clear all the way to the White Oak River. So a paddler can now set up a shuttle and paddle from point A bridge on Old Church Road to point B of his choice
Hadnot Creek drains the pocosins and lakes way up into Croatan Forest. Unfortunately it is not navigable as it is blcked by fallen trees over many years. This is a shame as it would make a wonderful Wilderness Canoe Trail if these trees were cleared to allow navigation. This would be a great attraction for our visiting tourists with canoe and kayaks. It would develop this lovely stream to become a valuable asset and attraction for Croatan Forest.
Croatan Forest Road #127 parallels Hadnot Creek off in the woods on the north side but it does not go all the way through as there is no vehicle bridge over a small creek where 127 enters Croatan Forest.
The upstream access would be on the short road between roads 127 and 3014 and200.
This would add 2 more miles of excellent paddling to Hadnot Creek. We have scouted part of it by walking down through the forest. It is beautiful in there.
Elmer, The White Oak River Trashman
Stewards of The White Oak River Basin
101 River Reach Drive West,
Swansboro, NC. 28584
910-389-4588 e-mail: email@example.com
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