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South Shore/Scuppernong River Anchorage – Claiborne’s Review

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.
One spot worth a look lies southwest of marker #7, near 35 55.190 North/076 16.859 West and hard by the entrance canal leading to Cypress Cove Marina. While there are some surrounding shallows to avoid, depths of 5 to 6 feet can be held well into the charted cove. Be sure to read the navigational detail information describing this anchorage linked above before attempting first-time entry.
Upstream, past newly revamped Columbia Marina, cruisers will find the low lying Columbia town docks, guarding the stream’s eastern banks, just short of the charted, fixed bridge. Cruisers can dinghy ashore here. Columbia’s downtown business district, with several restaurants and a locally produced wine shop, are within easy walking distance of the town docks. It is a 4 block walk to the nearest convenience store, and a very long walk to the local Food Lion supermarket lying east of downtown Columbia on Highway 64

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