I live close by the Neuse and so I spend a disproportionate amount of time on it compared to other rivers. One of the things I really like about it is that, especially during the summer, it is often low and slow enough to go up it. So, you can often get by with only one car and just go upstream and turn around.
The pictures below are from starting at Poole Road and going up to Milburnie Dam.
About The Run
I’ve been up and down the Neuse from Wake Forrest -> Goldsborro and I never get tired of the Milburnie -> Poole Road run. I think that during normal conditions, the small set of rapids right before Poole road is probably the only set of rapids all the way to Goldsborro to speak of. I typically like to skirt to the side, so as not to get wet, but you can just go down them too.
It is always neat to check out the Dam too, sometimes you see people fishing with nets out there and wading around under the Dam.
Depending on the time of day and temperature, I can usually make it up to the dam and back in a few hours.
Keeping the Neuse Clean
This weekend, I was going upstream and ran into a pile of trash left over after someone had a fire by the river-bank and wished for the hundredth time that I had remembered to bring a trash bag with me. Well, about 30 minutes later while stopped under the bridge, I noticed some trash and a grocery store bag that was empty and just lying on the ground. I filled this bag and another one that I found with bottles, cans, plastic containers, fishing line, and other trash. Unfortunately, Its not a lot, a tear-drop in a bucket really, as there is still a ton of trash on the river.
As someone who frequents the Neuse River, and well any river that is near people really, it can be painful to see all the trash that ends up polluting these wonderful places. From people that fish the banks and then just leave their trash to things that end up in the river from the roads, it can be both disturbing and disgusting to see how some people treat nature.
So, I always try to clean up a little whenever I go out. Often this is cleaning the boat ramp at Poole Road, where people fish and then just leave their trash. It seems like every time I go out there, I clean up several bags of trash from weekend fishers.