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Paddling Eastern North Carolina by Paul Ferguson


Paddling Eastern North Carolina by Paul Ferguson. North Carolina: Pocosin Press, Second Edition (March 15, 2007), 589 pages, paperback, $21.79. Reviewed by John G Hall, Charlotte Canoeing Examiner

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Pocosin Press in Raleigh, North Carolina published the first edition of Paddling Eastern North Carolina on 1 December 2002.

At that time, one reviewer raved: “The word is spreading and the hottest new guidebook in North Carolina is flying on the shelves at bookstores and outfitters. PADDLING EASTERN NORTH CAROLINA by Paul Ferguson replaces the old standard by Benner and McCloud. Four years in the making, Ferguson paddled over 2,600 miles researching this book”

The “Benner and McCloud” in the above paragraph refers to A Paddle’s Guide to Eastern North Carolina by Bob Benner and Tom McCloud.

The reviewer, Mr. Pete Peterson, adds a personal note: “I’ve known Paul Ferguson for years. His passion for paddling is evident to all. He is also THE best organized and efficient expedition leader.”

Mr. Peterson believes that these traits combined with a talent for writing enabled Paul Ferguson to produce a guidebook that is detailed, accurate and will be a valuable asset for the novice as well as the advanced paddler.

“Any paddler (whitewater, expedition or flatwater) who lives in North Carolina or is planning a visit should check it out. I think this book is a must-have.”

In March 2007, five years after the publication of his highly acclaimed first edition, Mr. Ferguson with an expanded second edition with over 600 new stream miles added.

Mr. Ferguson dedicated nearly a decade of his life or longer to researching and writing Paddling Eastern North Carolina (A Paddler’s Guide to Rivers, Creeks, Swamps, Whitewater, Flatwater, Trip Descriptions and Maps)

It is a massive effort and even though it is written for the benefit of beginning, intermediate and advanced paddlers the task of how and where to begin can be daunting.

Mr. Ferguson suggests, “The beginning paddler should read all of the introductory chapters (pages 3-39).” The appendices (pages 568-586) also contain valuable information about paddling clubs and organizations.

“The experienced paddler should read the chapter on River Descriptions (pages 33-39) to learn how rivers are described in this guide book.”

Mr. Ferguson has written definitive text. Or, according to Geoff Bowline, “Ferguson defines “Eastern North Carolina” in the broadest sense, covering some three-fourths of the state including nine river basins.”

Without a doubt, Paddling Eastern North Carolina will serve as a valuable guide for paddlers of all ages and abilities for many years to come.

“Updates to Paddling Eastern North Carolina are posted on the book’s Webpages ( Also, read reviews by Geoff Bowline and Laura Evans.



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