GETTING THERE: Most people start the trail at or around Jamesville, N.C., about 4 1/2 hours from Washington via Interstate 95 south to U.S. Highway 64 east. Jamesville is 80 miles west of the Outer Banks.
THE PADDLE TRAIL: For information on the Roanoke River Paddle Trail, call 252-798-3920 or visit http:/
PADDLE TRIPS: Roberson's Marina (U.S. Highway 64, Gardner's Creek Bridge, three miles west of Jamesville, 252-792-3583) rents canoes for $25 a day.
Other outfitters that provide guided trips on the trail and rent canoes and/or kayaks include Frog Hollow Outdoors (Durham, 919-949-4315, http:/
STAYING THERE: If you don't want to sleep in a tent on a platform, consider the Inn at Grays Landing (401 S. King St., Windsor, 877-794-3501, http:/