Epic Overnight - the name says it all - it's epic!!
Canoe camping is THE untapped source for outdoor fun.
Try this once and you’ll be hooked! This 2 day, 1 night trip starts 15 miles up the river from our office at the old, retired Buckhorn Dam.
Paddle down 9 miles from the put-in and camp at Raven Rock’s secluded canoe-in campground.
Your second day will see you down 6 more miles of river to our office in Lillington.
You can skip the camping making it a full day trip.
Our shuttle will take your group, boats and equipment to the starting point at Buckhorn Dam.
Please visit the Raven Rock State Park website or call (877) 722-6762 to make reservations for canoe-in campground. Reservations are required by the State Park. There are only 6 campsites, so please plan ahead...
Trip Cost Prices are per boat and include paddles, life jackets, and shuttle service
|2-person Canoe or Kayak||
Reservation with Raven Rock State Park
You must make a separate reservation with Raven Rock State Park for canoe-in camp site. Please visit their
for more info. They offer only 6 canoe-in campsites. It is a good idea to make sure they have availability before booking your trip with us.
The cost for campsites is $10 per night + $3 booking fee.
What to wear
Dress for the weather and try to layer your clothing. Keep in mind that cotton takes longer to dry out than synthetic fiber clothing (i.e.: polyester, nylon, polypropylene). This is more important if you’re paddling in cold water and weather. During summer months, special moisture wicking clothing is not as important. Also, keep in mind the sun. Some folks choose to wear long sleeve clothing, while others opt for sunscreen. If you have paddling booties or water shoes, that’s wonderful! Or you can wear old gym shoes. Or strap-on outdoor activity sandals like Keen, Chaco, or Teva. Flip-flops are not recommended because they will not protect your feet in the event of a boat turn over and they could get lost.
What to bring
- Water - 1 gallon per person
Food (day 1 - lunch and dinner; day 2 - breakfast)
Some food ideas: nuts, fruits, canned fish, nutrition bars, instant basic soups is a good addition on a cooler night
- Tent or hammock
- Sleeping bag (might be unnecessary on warmer summer nights)
- Optional sleeping pad
- Optional stove and pot to boil water
- Spork (or just fork or spoon)
- Basic first aid kit
- Optional spare clothing in case your get wet
The Trip Day
Where to go
Arrive at our main office located at:
100 South Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
If using GPS:
- Include South in the street name
- Make sure you are being directed to Lillington, not Buies Creek!
We are located next door to Mermaid Point, right by the river
When to arrive
Please arrive at the time you scheduled your trip. For example, if you schedule your trip at 10am, that's the time you need to arrive at our office. You can expect to be on the water within 30 minutes or less after we do all the necessary steps prior to your outing (see below).
Every participant must fill out a liability waiver form prior to their trip. Participants 18 years and older have to fill out an individual form , while minors (17 and under) must be included on parent or guardian form in the designated section. You will need your Booking ID before you can complete this form.
If you are making your reservation online, then you will prepay online and there is nothing else to do upon arrival in that regard. If you haven't made a reservation online (that we strongly suggest) then we will collect a payment upon arrival to our office either via credit or debit card or cash.
Use this time to get your necessary items you are bringing along on the trip, including putting on sunscreen, getting your water and snacks, locking up cars, etc. Our office sells bottled water, sunscreen and other items for your convenience! During that time we will get your boats, paddles, life jackets and any other supplies ready for your trip.
Every person has to be briefed about their trip. We'll talk to you about general river rules, safety, and about your particular trip to ensure you know what to expect while on the river.
Out to the water
At this point you will walk down to the water which is about 150 yards away from our office. Typically, we will have boats ready for you by the water. We will help you load any of your accessories and help you launch. From here you are on your own to enjoy beautiful scenery, and have an amazing time!
Lunch or dinner at Mermaid Point
Welcome to Mermaid Point! We cook up and serve delicious Southern-American eats and drinks right on
the banks of the beautiful Cape Fear River.
We have a fine selection of barbecue pork and chicken plates and sandwiches, fresh Angus burgers,
green garden salads, and seafood!
All of this tastiness is cooked to order for each customer and served up with a generous helping of
We have a full-service bar serving liquor drinks, wine and a wide selection of beers by the bottle, can, and on draft.
The best part is that we are located right next door to Cape Fear River Adventures, in the same parking lot! Come join us after a day on the river!