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One Of North Carolina’s Most Beautiful Rivers Might Also Be The Most Dangerous

Spanning 202 miles, the beautiful Cape Fear River received the nickname ‘Blackwater River’ as a nod to the deep, dark water that encompasses the flow. Flowing into the Atlantic Ocean, near Cape Fear, the namesake originated from the river’s path. With a dangerous ocean current streaming in, many swim and play in the Cape Fear not knowing the deadly history that comes along with it.

Have you swum in the Cape Fear or swim there often? What do you think of the current and the dangers?

While North Carolina rivers certainly demand a bit of caution, they’re also beautiful, historic and mysterious; like these 10.

Emory Rakestraw
Emory was born and raised in North Carolina. She enjoys writing, photography, filmmaking, travel, wine and cheese. You can find more of her work on emoryrakestraw.com