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.
The waters west of marker #4, tucked behind (to the north and northwest of) the adjacent point (near 35 55.794 North/076 17.745 West) can make for a snug overnight anchor down spot. This haven offers protection from southern, southwestern, and southeastern winds. Depths of 7 to 9 feet can be expected short of the correctly charted 3-foot shallows to the west and southwest. There is ample space for almost any size pleasure craft, and the shores are completely natural.