The New River features some of the best paddling and fishing in eastern North Carolina. The slow current is ideal for kayakers and canoers of any skill level. There are multiple public water access areas in Jacksonville. The newest boat launch facility, Jacksonville Landing, is located in the downtown area and features three boat launches and a beach area for launching canoes and kayaks. Also at the Landing is a great fishing pier for those who want to enjoy the river without getting on the water. Jacksonville Landing is located between the two bridges at Marine Boulevard and Old Bridge Street in downtown Jacksonville.
For launching on smaller waterways, visit Northeast Creek Park on the eastern side of the City off of Corbin Street. Northeast Creek is a tributary to the New River.