By Liz Houde
Education & Outreach Coordinator
for Sound Rivers
Picture gathering your closest friends for a weekend getaway that will allow you to relax and recharge and more importantly reconnect with each other. Perhaps you’re picturing packing the car and heading out of town, or even thinking of traveling across the state. However, spending time and money to trek far from home, sounds more stressful than it might be worth.
A study of American travel habits, conducted by Enterprise Rent-A-Car, showed that women often seek travel opportunities focused on relaxation and rejuvenation. Studies have also shown that people who spent time in a natural environment have lower levels of stress and lower blood pressure. A weekend river trip, is a great way to relax and stay active with your friends.
Located about 1 mile from Downtown Greenville, the Tar River is a relaxing backdrop for your next camping and kayaking adventure. Let the river’s gentle current guide you to one of our many wooden, camping platforms.
The Tar-Pam Water trail, features 7, 16 by 32 foot wooden platforms, where people can camp along the river for the night. The water trail is owned and operated by Sound Rivers, and when it’s complete it will span from Granville to Beaufort county with places to stop every 8-10 miles. Many first time kayakers, fear they won’t have the strength to paddle, but they find that once they get started paddling with the river, 8-10 miles can easily be done in a day’s paddle.
Sound Rivers, hopes that through encouraging recreation and exploration on the Tar River, residents will recognize the beauty and the importance of this natural resource. Sound Rivers will continue expanding the Tar-Pam Water trail, with the addition of three platforms in Greenville. Construction on the platforms will begin in the spring.
Visit http://www.tarpamlicowatertrail.org/ for a suggested packing list and to make a reservation.