Well, the title pretty much explains it. There aren’t actually that many ducks on the Upper Neuse River. You are more likely to see herons, woodpeckers and if you are really lucky, an owl. Paddling a canoe, kayak, or SUP is one of the best ways to sneak up on the birds along the river.
Abstract art courtesy of a fly line. In the Neuse River near Raleigh.
There is a single tree that has made its home on a big rock in the middle of the Neuse River that grow these leaves the size of your head. Neuse River near Raleigh.
If you are having to make serious decisions like this to start your day, it’s gonna be a good one! On the Neuse River near Raleigh.
The setting sun over Falls Lake, near Raleigh. There is nothing like being in a canoe or kayak trying to beat the setting sun back from an adventure. Slightly stressful at the thought of finishing your paddle in the dark, but very picturesque and very worth it.
Clusters of these can be seen along the Neuse River Greenway Trail that follows the Neuse River in Raleigh.
The back deck of a 17′ touring kayak hand-built by my father over a period of several years floats in the clear water of Falls Lake near Raleigh.
The sun shimmers through an abandoned web along the Neuse River Greenway Trail in Raleigh. The trail parallels the Neuse River for 20+ miles. Often, when kayaking, canoeing, or paddleboarding, the only sign of people will be bikers and joggers along the trail.
A little sun, anyone? These turtles are all over the Neuse River. A canoe or kayak trip will usually let you see dozens of them warming themselves in the sun.
Although the very upper end of the Neuse River is not really feasible to kayak due to shallow water and rocks, it is great for a walk along on the Neuse River Greenway Trail or even in the river itself.