New River Bucolic Paddle

07/08/2021
New River Bucolic Paddle

On the bright, sunny warm Saturday morning of June 26, 2021, Ranger Bob went paddling with Gerianne Hannibal and Rose Pawlyszyn.  Bob was in his solo canoe while Gerianne and Rose were in their sit-in kayaks.  We put in at Zaloo’s Canoes just south of the NC Hwy 88 bridge and paddled to the take out at New River State Park, Wagoner Access. 

The trip was five miles and took two hours of half drifting and half paddling.  There were plenty of shallow rocks and small riffles to steer around, but no rapids.  We all got into the Zen of the time and just about totally relaxed.  We passed a half dozen other paddlers and inner tubers on the river, and a few fishermen.

At the take out we ate our picnic lunches.  Gerianne and Rose were astounded at the heavy weight of my canoe full of gear for potential rescues compared to their kayaks.  A good time was had by all.

Next time we hope to make it a longer trip and may take the 10 mile route.

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GPS Coordinates: 36 27 31,-81 20 25

Bob Laney

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Bob is the site curator and writer of Blue Ridge Outing. Since starting the Blue Ridge Outing travel blog in 2002, Bob has written, recorded and documented countless expeditions in the US and around the world.