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Old 06-24-2016, 10:24 PM   #1
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Has anyone done this or could comment on the marinas involved? Two free nights and any of eight marinas sounds too good.
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Old 06-24-2016, 10:30 PM   #2
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Greetings,
Mr. M. We have done the Elizabeth City and back...Up the Dismal and down the ICW loop. Is this the one you are referring to? I know some of the marinas but none of the two free nights thing.
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Old 06-24-2016, 11:05 PM   #3
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Old 06-25-2016, 07:19 AM   #4
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If you're going to stop at Elizabeth City, IMO the best free dock is the Jennette Brothers food service dock just north of the bridge on the west side of the river. Use it almost every time when transiting the area. It's a side tie dock in much calmer water being above the bridge. Still easy access to town. Room for 4 or 5 boats before rafting.

If going through the Dismal Swamp Canal, there are 3 free docks. From South going North they are:

The Dismal Swamp welcome center is a nice stop with a walking trail and good side tie dock. Room for 4 boats before rafting.

There is a nice dock next to restroom facilities for the park and cycling trail on the Virginia position of the canal. Room for a couple of boats before rafting.

There is a bulkhead with cleats on the South side of the bridge that precedes the Deep Creek Lock. Room for a couple of boats and easy walking distance to a Food Lion and some other stores.

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Old 06-25-2016, 09:15 AM   #5
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Good advice above. I'd strongly recommend a side trip to Edenton and/or Manteo while you are at it. On the C&A canal leg, we really like stopping at Atlantic Yacht Basin, an easy walk into the adjacent village and nice folks. Good fuel prices too. There is a free dock across the canal from them that we have used as well, and the walk is only slightly longer across the bridge.
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