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Special Events

Kayaking Black River

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Paddle and search for “Methuselah” the oldest tree east of the Mississippi, dating back 2,600 years (currently the 5th oldest continuously living tree in the world)! The exact location of the tree is a well kept secret among researchers, however we will travel through the 3 Sisters Swamp where the old growth Cypress live in hopes of finding the strands of older trees. This trip will be a VERY full day and is recommended that you have some experience paddling kayaks as we will have a minimum of 10 miles to complete our journey. The Black River is beautiful and wild and is one of the treasured waterways of NC. Due to increased driving time compared to our other paddling trips, we will leave from UNC at 6 AM and expect to return early evening.

See an article published in Our State magazine about the Black River.

Pre-trip meeting, Waitlist, Weather, & Emergencies

  • A mandatory pre-trip meeting for multi-day and full day trips will take place at 7pm at the Carolina Outdoor Education Center on the Wednesday prior to the trip unless notified otherwise.
  • Our emergency action plan and trip leader training aligns with industry standards for wilderness trips. If you would like more information please send us an email.
  • Please review our Weather Guidelines
  • For more information or to be placed on a waitlist Email