Outdoor Activities

Community Events, Golf Balls, Bear hunting, Tundra Swans, Stripers, Deer, Sailing, Cruising, Camping – just for starters

The Albemarle Sound is a very large, fresh-water estuary supplied by 9 rivers: North, Pasquotank, Little, Perquimans, Yeopim, Chowan, Cashie, Roanoke and the Scuppernong Rivers.  Each river offers unique opportunities ranging from fishing, sailing and cruising to the study of rare plants and animals.  With proper skills and equipment, it would be possible to leave Edenton Harbor and cruise to New York, Miami or England without a single dam or lock to interfere.  But, we assume most folks will stay closer to home.

Until you’ve paddled through an ancient millpond, you’ve not seen much. ~ Mary M

So many things to do and see

The Millpond

Merchants and Bennett’s Millponds present a landscape rarely seen elsewhere, because they are both old, they contain well-established ecological subsystems.  Only accessible after a long kayak or canoe row, Merchants millpond contains 1,000-year old trees.  Floating, photographing and just escaping from the world are unequaled on these Millponds.  (Do lather up with mosquito repellant containing Deet or run the risk of being taken hostage to flying combatants, or visit when the bugs are away.)

Edenton, North Carolina part of the famous Historic Albemarle Highway

A Good Walk, Never Spoiled

Several large tracks of turf in the area contain mysterious indentations that periodically are found to have relocated during the night.  While mostly grass covered, some patches of sand are visible in spite of the undulations of the fields. To investigate these strange conditions, visit:

Stripers, Bass, Perch, you name it

Show up at the right time of the year (actually every day of the year) and you’ll find fantastic fishing and hunting in the Chowan County area.  People come from states around to enjoy the Striper fishing.  As indicated by the North Carolina Wildlife Commission’s site:  Edenton is at the point of convergence for the Roanoke River and the Albemarle Sound.  The Roanoke is one of the two largest rivers feeding fresh water into the Sound.  Thus, some of the very best Striper fishing occurs within eyesight of Edenton’s harbor.  Numerous fishing tournaments occur each year with a full schedule organized by Bayside Marine also known as Pembroke Fishing Center.

Ready to go fishing? Look over  Chowan River Outfitters, well known for finding all the great fishing spots near of Edenton and their captains are frequent tournament winners. Or Albemarle Fishing Charters offers great family fishing charters.  And don’t forget to check out OBX Inshore Fishing Excursions.

Get on the Water

Sailing has a very long tradition all along the Albemarle Sound.  What once was an occupational and transportation necessity (think colonial-era Interstates) is now a recreational opportunity.  While cruising is a newer use of these water, it is a super opportunity making Edenton a great  base of operations.  Cruisers can go north up the Chowan River almost all of the way to Virginia.  Or, they can explore numerous rivers and creeks that feed the rivers and Albemarle Sound.  What they will not find is crowded waterways, gaudy developments, or interference with the natural beauty of these old environments.  Various groups sail or cruise into Edenton each year, but many arrive solo.

Play Ball

Edenton has a unique outdoor activity in the Edenton Steamers, a local baseball team.  Currently ranked #3 in the nation, the team has been very successful over the years and is a major cultural outdoor activity throughout the summer months.  For more information: Edenton Steamers

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