just got better!
Paddling campers now
have two new eastern North Carolina camping systems
to enjoy…along with an expanding set along the Roanoke and Cashie
Rivers. The new platforms are owned and operated by others but will
use Roanoke River Partners’ convenient reservation system.
Platform on a secluded bay just off the Albemarle Sound is part
of the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve, a 10,000-acre wetland
forest preserve operated by The Conservation Fund. The preserve is
home to red-cockaded woodpeckers, red wolves, American alligator,
bobcats, black bears, white-tailed deer, bald eagles, and over 100
species of migratory birds and waterfowl as well as a variety of
plants. Click here
to see a slide show of Hidden Lake platform and surrounding area,
see a map and download a brochure about other activities on the
The Chowan County
Parks and Recreation Department owns and operates five of the new
platform campsites. Located on Holladay’s Island, a
cypress-filled swamp island located in the middle of the Chowan
River, you’ll have a unique view of four surrounding counties from a
vantage point that looks as it did when Thomas Holladay first owned
it in 1730.
South Cluster, with its three full-size (16 x 24 foot) platforms, is
a great choice for large groups such as scout troops or outdoor
clubs. The three platforms are connected by winding walkways and
feature a convenient privy station. You must provide your own
portable toilet and carry-out your waste when you leave. The single Holladay East and
Holladay West platforms each offer one full-size platform, fine for
groups of 6-8 campers. The N.C. Wildlife
Access at Cannon’s Ferry in Chowan County is only a mile from the
island. Click here
for a slide show of the Holladay’s Island platforms.
(on the Palmetto-Peartree Preserve) and Holladay’s Island
(on the Chowan River) are now available through Roanoke River
Partners website and telephone reservations system.
broaden our trail users’ choices and open up camping possibilities
in some of Northeastern North Carolina’s most beautiful and remote