Where to paddle: Chapel Hill

Putting in on the Deep River, at McIver Landing.

Ten minutes from downtown to less than an hour away, great options abound for Chapel Hill paddlers. University Lake on the west edge of town can be done over lunch, Jordan Lake has two good options. And if it’s placid rivers you crave, the Haw to the west and Deep to the south offer miles of mellow paddling.

Don’t have a boat? No problem. Find out where to rent one here.

Deep River / McIver Landing to Deep River Park
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Gulf, 50 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill
Time to complete: 3 hours
More info here.

Haw River: Swepsonville River Park to Saxapahaw
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Swepsonville, 25 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill
Time to complete: 3 hours
More info here.

Jordan Lake: Farrington Point boat access
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Chatham County, 20 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill
Time to complete: 3 hours
More info here.

Jordan Lake: Robeson Creek boat access
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Pittsboro, 35 minutes from downtown Chapel Hill
Time to complete: 3 hours
More info here.

University Lake
Difficulty: Easy
Location: Chapel Hill, 10 minutes from downtown
Time to complete: 2 hours
More info here.

Leave a Comment