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55 Tull’s Mill Pond 1594 Old Pink Hill Road Deep Run, NC 28572 (252) 568-4634 Hours: 7 a.m.-Dusk Mondays-Sundays March 1-Nov. 30 Admission: $5 per person for boat fishing $3 per person for bank fishing

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Tull’s Mill Pond is a 200-acre mill pond that is open to the public for58fishing, kayaking and canoeing. The pond is stocked with bluegills, channel catfish, largemouth bass, shellcrackers, fliers, robin and perch. A concrete boat ramp provides access for those fishing with their own boat. Bank fishing is also available along with an on-site bait shop open 7 days a week.

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Contentnea Creek flows southeasterly to join the Neuse River downstream from Kinston. It is primarily a lowland, slow-moving, winding stream flowing 55 through Spanish mosscovered oaks and cypress. The creek meanders among typical coastal floodbanks which quickly become submerged following heavy rains.

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Drop: 6’ Time: 3 hrs. Difficulty: A Scenery: A Distance: 8 mi. Water Quality: Good Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None, except possible downed trees.

LENOIR COUNTY TOURISM

Kinston-Lenoir County Visitor Center 101 East New Bern Rd. • Kinston, NC 28501 (252) 522-0004

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Promote Safe Paddling. Please use PFD at all times.

www.visitkinston.com Another Partners In Progress Project by the Convention & Visitors Bureau & Lenoir County Tourism


The Neuse River begins at the confluence of the Eno and Flat rivers in Durham County. The first 20 or so miles include the backwaters of Falls of the Neuse Lake. The river was navigable by barge from Smithfield downstream in the early 1800s. Beyond quaint Smithfield Commons, the river passes the unique Cliffs of the Neuse, the village of Seven Springs where the Confederate ram Neuse was built, and

11 - NC 111 bridge to Wayne County Rt. 1731 bridge at Seven Springs

Some six miles down this section the banks on the right will begin to rise slowly into high bluffs, which indicates your entry into the Cliffs of the Neuse State Park, a nice place to visit and break your trip.

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Drop: 5’ Time: 3.25 hrs. Difficulty: B Scenery: A Distance: 8 mi. Water Quality: Good Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None.

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on downstream to the gunboat’s remains at Kinston. Nearby, John 55 Lawson, author of History of North Carolina, was captured and later execut903 ed by the Tuscarora IndiN ans for traveling upstream from New Bern. This act resulted in the Tuscarora War which began in 1711. It is believed that the river gained its name from the Neusiok, a tribe belonging to the Tuscarora Nation. From Kinston down, steamboats cruised the river until the 1890s. Later, the clearing of woodlands for agriculture resulted in the river becoming shallow as we find it today. - A Paddlers Guide To Eastern North Carolina 1

MILES

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Where the CSS Neuse was probably located in Feb. 1864 to be fitted out with cannons and iron armor plating for war against Union forces. N 35° 15’ 37.73” W 077° 35’ 1.80”

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Where CSS Neuse was sunk by her crew March 10, 1865. N 35° 15’ 21.1” W 077° 35’ 22.4”

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Site of Confederate Camp Pool and river obstructions. N 35° 15’ 41.9” W 077° 31’ 42.8”

Drop: 9’ Time: 4.5 hrs. Difficulty: B Scenery: A-C Distance: 11.5 mi. Water Quality: Good Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None.

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12 - Wayne County Rt. 1731 bridge at Seven Springs to Lenoir County 1152 bridge (Hardy Bridge) Drop: 4’ Time: 2.5 hrs. Difficulty: B Scenery: A Distance: 6 mi. Water Quality: Good Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None.

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Drop: 11’ Time: 5.25 hrs. Difficulty: B Scenery: A-B Distance: 12.8 mi. Water Quality: Good 11 Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None.

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Legend

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A short distance downstream on the left lie the remains of the Confederate gunboat Neuse, which engaged the Union forces advancing on Kinston before being scuttled 58 by her commander in order to prevent her capture. This occurred some five miles downriver. After many problems the 500-ton hull was raised and moved to this site in 1964. It is a short walk to the Neuse and the visitor center.

Drop: 8’ Time: 6.5 hrs. Difficulty: B Scenery: A Distance: 15 mi. Water Quality: Good Gauge: None. Can be run all year. Difficulties: None. An earlier take-out can be made at Cowpen Landing at the foot of Rt. 1441, cutting off three miles.


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