90 Second Escape: Eastern N.C.’s Contentnea Creek

Monday — never an easy time for the outdoors enthusiast. After a weekend of adventure, returning to the humdrum work-a-day world can make one melancholy. To help ease the transition, every Monday we feature a 90 Second Escape — essentially, a 90-second video or slide show of a place you’d probably rather be: a trail, a park, a greenway, a lake … anywhere as long as it’s not under a fluorescent bulb.

Today’s 90-Second Escape: Contentnea Creek

Summertime, and an adventurous type’s thoughts turn to anything involving water. In my case, paddling on that water rises to the top of the list.

This summer, we’re making an effort to explore the plethora of paddling options in eastern North Carolina. N.C. State University’s Coastal Paddle Trails project lists more than 2,500 miles of documented paddle trail in the area largely defined as east of I-95. We paddled a stretch downstream from Grifton (and, because of the mild current, we were able to avoid a shuttle and paddle back up) shortly before it becomes part of the Neuse River. The Father’s Day paddle, a tradition with my daughter, Hana, was made more special by meeting Brian at the put-in. (That’s Brian in the yellow kayak.)

Enjoy the ride. We’ll be sharing more from eastern North Carolina’s waterways throughout the summer.

Learn more about paddling Contentnea Creek, and other eastern North Carolina waterways, by visiting the Great Outdoor Provision Co. online adventure guide.

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