Paddle Trip #8 - The Gut



  • Paddle distance:  8.9 miles.
  • Put-in:  Spring Garden Landing (N35 13.140  W077 08.899).
  • Take-out:  Glenburnie Park Ramp (N35 08.378 W077 03.595).
  • Trip  Highlights:  River, Creek , cypress swamp to marsh lands and  open river.  Birds and wildlife sightings likely.
  • Trip Difficulty:  Moderate due to distance, current and some open water.
  • Hazards:  Boat traffic, wind, slight current, snakes and alligators.


PUT-IN:  Spring Garden Landing

  • From New Bern on NC 43, turn right on Spring Garden Road. Travel about 1.6 miles to  West Craven Middle School road and turn right. Continue 1.1 miles, past the middle school to the boat landing at end of road.

TAKE_OUT:  Glenburnie Park Ramp

  • From US 70, head north on Glenburnie Road (SR 43). Approximately 2 miles, turn right on Oaks Rd. and follow about .5 miles. Turn left on Glenburnie Drive to end of road. Bear left into park, ramp is to right at first fork in road.


River current diminishes as you travel closer to New Bern however wind tide becomes a factor. It is recommended to travel from Spring Garden Landing to Glenburnie Park to take advantage of the river current. Depending on wind directions, paddlers may experience the unpleasant odor from the Weyerhaeuser Plant on a short section of this paddle. This paddle tour, directs you into of the "side channels" or cuts of the Neuse River. In most cases, paralleling the main river channel. 


  • Put-in:  From the put-in at Spring Garden Landing, head directly across the Neuse River to the opening leading into Pine Tree Cut.
  • Mile 0.3:  Bear to the right at the "tee" intersection of Pine Tree Cut, from here the cut parallels the Neuse River for more then 1 1/2 miles.
  • Mile 2.0:  Pine Tree Cut rejoins the Neuse River
  • Mile 2.1:  The NC43 Highway Bridge.
  • Mile 3.5:  On the right, follow the entrance to The Gut (N35 11.645 W77 06.668).
  • Mile 4.8:  The Gut joins with Bachelor Creek on the right (N35 10.678 W77 06.092).
  • Mile 5.6:  Follow the Gut-Side Channel to the left and which continues about 1 1/4 miles.
  • Mile 6.8:  Side Channel reconnects with Bachelor Creek.
  • Mile 8.6:  Bachelor Creek rejoins with the Neuse River immediately past Marsh Island.
  • Take-out:  Immediately ahead (mile 8.9) on the right shore is the Glenburnie Park Ramp


A short side trip into the Quarry Channel is always fun (mile 6.9 along right bank). Once in canal, bear to the left and continue past the Hatteras Yacht Plant/basin. Follow marked channel ahead to return to the river. You will find this loop to be most rewarding and will add about 1/2 mile to this paddle trip.



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