Posted by Claiborne Young | Posted on 08-04-2012
Early explorers were so enchanted with the beauty of this river that they named it “Hearts Delight.” This lovely body of water is narrower than its sister streams to the north and is lined by heavily wooded shores. Old, gnarled cypress trees with their trailing beards of gray moss majestically guard the banks. Here and there, a few picturesque homes break the landscape.
Tradition claims that the river is the birthplace of the Scuppernong grape. Early visitors are said to have carried clippings of the vine back to Roanoke Island, from which grew the “Mother Vineyard.”
The Scuppernong River offers visiting cruisers many overnight anchorages. This is the sort of water where captains can almost pick a spot at will. With strong northeasterly winds in the offing, cautious cruisers can take shelter adjacent to the riverbanks northeast of the gap between markers #4 and #5 (near 35 55.642 North/076 16.701 West). Minimum depths of 6 feet run to within 100 yards of shore, and 5-foot soundings can be carried even closer to the banks. Again, swinging room and the adjacent scenery are all that any mariner could ask for.