2008-10-22 Upper Broad Creek
The main purpose of this trip was to survey the two thousand foot frontage of the Whtehurst Property which was recently donated to Craven County. Two members of the Parks and Recreation Department were along. At this writing we do not know what their thoughts are but to us we believe this would make a very nice addition to the park to have a canoe and kayak access here. Upper Broad Creek is the border of Craven and Pamlico Counties. It continues for many more miles almost up to the Beaufort County line.It also has a tributary named named Morgan Swamp. No water access was made when the new bridge over Upper Broad Creek was constructed. The next closest possible access is on Morgan Creek at the Stapleford Creek Road. Another possible access is at the Olympia Road Bridge on Upper Broad Creek. (These road names were taken from North Carolina Atlas & Gazetteer, Fifth Addition 2001. Names may have changed due to 911 renaming.)
We were hoping we could paddle upstream to Route 55 or further to find another access. As you can see by the following pictures we could not even get to Route 55 as we were blocked by fallen trees. A Canoe Trail from either of these upstream points would become a very valuable addition not only to the new park but to all of Craven and Pamilco Counties citizens and visiting tourists.
If anyone wants to make an exploratory trip down from these upstream bridges we will be glad to join them. as we would love to have a Canoe Trail here on these beautiful streams.
That is Joanne back there in the forest beyond the cypress knees. 9O percent of the cypress look like their needles (leaves?) are dead. A few are still green. Are they dying? Isn’t this early for this dying or winter look.
This log was resting on another log. Jim Stevens and Buster thought they could make it drop off the othe log but it
did not fall far. Just enough for us to hump over it.
We got back to Lees Landing at 3:00 as planned. We met many others paddling up to meet us. They had paddled down to the Neuse. Here is John Klecker holding in one hand all the trash we had picked up all day. A hard hat, a very old Budweiser can, a plastic water bottle and that back thing. This is indeed a record for the least trash ever on any paddle!