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Rockfish Creek via Canoe is a 7.8 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Fayetteville, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November.

Length 7.8 mi Elevation gain 131 ft Route type Out & Back

Kid friendly

Fishing

Nature trips

Paddle sports

Bird watching

Forest

River

Views

Wild flowers

Wildlife

Blowdown

Bugs

Over grown

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Put in at the fire department on Calico to avoid being towed at the Hwy 59 access point. It's a tough creek to get in and out of, but worth it. There are many downed trees in the creek, but you can get around. The creek has beautiful scenery and a pretty decent current most of the time. A warning about taking out: store up some energy because you'll need it to get your kayaks up the slope. It is STEEP and the footing is treacherous in spots because it's so washed out.

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Ken Bowers
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Paddle sports

Rockfish creek is worth the effort. I have canoed the creek 4 times. Fall is better than summer. April can be tricky as sudden rain can raise the creek and make it unnavigable. Getting in and out is challenging especially since PWC fenced-off the primary take-out spot. However, it is possible to take out on the west side of the HWY 87 Bridge. I'm looking for a take site on the Cape Fear river. A potential launching site would be the fire station on Calico road. I plan to try a trip all the down to Husk damn from Calico rd.

Adam Whitley
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discovered while exploring

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Johnny Deal
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Paddle sports

Put in near Lake Upchurch took out at the FD. Rough trip.

John Kevin
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Paddle sports

There is no official traihead. There are many entry points on the creek, most being adjacent to residential areas, or off main roads. This creek runs directly behind my house and is heavily used in the summer months for tubing. Expect a steep descent into the channel and a short portage. There is a short hiking loop between South Main sub division and Parton rd. maybe 1.5 miles of easy terrain with 1 small water crossing. Be aware of your surroundings since the locals go to the train trestle to shoot. There is also a small camping area at the train trestle where teenagers party in the summer. also watch for ATVS on this trail. UPDATE: I just checked the trail yesterday and part of it was washed out by hurricane Matthew. you can still make it but there is a 20 foot deep water filled gully you have to traverse, which will be too much for children and most dogs.

Todd Denton
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No trail head to be found

Joe C
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Area around it is covered in no trespassing and no parking signs. Not accessible based off of map directions

Elena Tate
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Paddle sports

With the water up and a lot of trees down, it was a ducking game.

Alan Bourne
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All in all a scenic, nice float but the downed trees were challenging in places.

Jim Blevins
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Great views

Monica Gibson
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Paddle sports

My detailed blog entry on paddling Rockfish Creek. http://balancedcrunch.blogspot.com/2015/07/paddling-rockfish-creek.html

Monica Gibson
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Paddle sports
First to Review

We put in at the fire department on Calico to avoid being towed at the Hwy 59 access point (we'd been warned police will tow cars parked at the bridge). It's a tough creek to get in and out of, but worth it. There were many downed trees in the creek, but we only had to lift our kayaks over three trees all together, the rest we managed to get around. The trees we had to climb over were large and sturdy enough we could carefully climb out of the kayak and balance on the tree while lifting our kayaks over before carefully getting back in. Beautiful scenery and a pretty decent current most of the time. We could let the current carry us and only use our paddles for steering. It was very enjoyable and we'll do it again since it's close to our home. A warning about taking out: store up some energy because you'll need it to get your kayaks up the slope. It is STEEP and the footing is treacherous in spots because it's so washed out. Oh and SPIDERS. There were spiders everywhere. Big spiders, little spiders, hairy spiders, evil spiders, and they all want in your kayak. We were constantly plagued by spiders during the entire paddle. Also be sure to wade and swim at the waterfall before take out, idyllic spot.

Nick Small
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