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Cramerton and Goat Island Park

1 Mile | 20 Minutes

137 & 141 8th Ave.

Cramerton, NC 28032

Paddle another mile downriver to the Town of Cramerton, the best spot along the blueway to grab a bite to eat. As you enter town, you’ll see a footbridge crossing over the South Fork and launches on both sides of the river. Take out on either side to explore downtown.

Across the footbridge from downtown is Goat Island Park, a public park on a small island that used to be maintained by goats that were released on the island back in the early 1900s by textile engineer Stuart Cramer to control vegetation. Now, the forest and natural habitat has returned, making this stretch of the blueway an ideal spot to launch. In the evening, you can listen to the owls hooting in the thick trees lining the river. Play a round of disc golf on Goat Island’s 18-hole course, walk the paved .7-mile greenway trail, or turn the kids loose at the playground. There’s a fitness pavilion, fenced dog park, and amphitheater where the town hosts concerts and special events.

Cross the bridge to downtown for a lunch stop at Mayworth’s Public House, a local favorite for salads, burgers, and tacos. A couple doors down, Doffer’s Canteen serves quesadillas, rice bowls, tacos, and sandwiches in portions you’ll probably struggle to finish. Even if you leave the restaurant full, make a stop at Floyd & Blackie’s down by the river for an ice cream cone on your way back to the launch. Floyd & Blackie’s is also home to The Floating Goat, the spot to rent a canoe or kayak if you don’t have your own gear.

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