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Mill Creek Paddle Trail


Mill Creek is described by some as the 'quintessential southern swamp' but that is not immediately obvious from the put-in. To reach the creek, paddle out the short canal to the broad expanse of the Perquimans River then to the left (east) to hug the shoreline where cypress trees laden with Spanish moss provide shelter. Watch for an Osprey at the nest in the stand of cypress trees across the river as you continue toward the entrance of Mill Creek. Pass under the bridge where the creek will narrow and birding by ear becomes an asset to locate the migrating songbirds that inhabit the area in spring and summer. Listen for a variety of flycatchers, vireos, and warblers. Barred Owl and Red-shouldered Hawk may make their presence known along with other year-round residents. The banks of Mill Creek are lined with floodplain forest trees, so the understory is relatively open, allowing deeper views into the woods. After passing under the second bridge, bear to the right to enter the wetland forest that provides dense cover and a high canopy where you might hear birds and see deer and other critters near the water. The slow-moving Mill Creek offers the perfect opportunity for an out-and-back paddle.

Species of Interest (Full Bird List)

Great Crested Flycatcher, Prothonotary Warbler, raptors, wading birds


floodplain forest, creek

Access and Parking

This site is accessible only by boat. The boat launch consists of a bulkhead and a wooden boat ramp, which can be slippery - use caution! Parking is available at the launch site. Park away from the building and do not block driveways.


From Hertford, take US 17 Business northeast. Cross the Perquimans River and in 0.5 miles, turn south into Larry?s Drive-In parking lot. The launch site is at the back of the parking lot.

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