• Blackwater Adventure

Blackwater Adventure

Rates and schedules vary by season. All tours are not available throughout the year.  Use our convenient Calendar for the latest schedules or call 910-338-3134.

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Adults $33, Children $16.50


30 Minutes prior to departure


Cape Fear Riverwalk, Wilmington (click for map)

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This is Captain Doug's favorite trip!  We head up the Cape Fear to explore the upper reaches and black water systems of the river. From the Rose Hill Plantation to the mysterious Black River the exploits of the early explorers and history of the basin comes alive. The Cape Fear is still largely unpopulated and looks much as it did when Wilmington, North Carolina was colonized in the late 1600's.

You will be spellbound by the seclusion of the scenic cypress-lined banks as you wind your way through time. A relaxing scenic cruise from historic downtown Wilmington up river is the ideal way to spend a memorable afternoon or a day of your vacation. The journey is comfortable, relaxing and inspirational, offering views of unspoiled nature and a variety of wildlife. Photographers, birders and nature buffs will love the chance to see a wide variety of birds, alligators, bears, deer, wild turkeys, egrets, ibis, hawks, kingfishers, water snakes and many other native species.

The Cape Fear and the other "black rivers" that converge in Wilmington, NC have a long, rich history. The Native Americans of the vicinity, and the first European explorers successfully established encampments, towns and forts as both homesteads and centers of commerce on the banks of the deep and navigable rivers. Colonial settlement continued, and Wilmington quickly became an important port city, born of the Cape Fear River. Both the city and the river share a fascinating heritage that includes such elements as great sailing ships, steamboats, civil war blockade runners, battleships, underground tunnels, cotton traders, rice plantations, and much, much more.

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