Stretching through the heart of Brunswick County is the Lockwood Folly River. A tidal river draining water from the Green Swamp and emptying it into the Atlantic Intracoastal Waterway. As one of the most beautiful rivers in North Carolina, one boat cruise or kayaking trip down the bend might have you saying its one of the most beautiful sights you’ve ever seen.
Take a tour of the river and you will soon be surrounded by wildlife. An abundance of animals call the riverbank home. There’s alligators floating on the current, snowy egrets and blue herrings stalking prey in the marsh grass. If you’re lucky, you’ll see white tail deer crossing at the narrows or a family of raccoons filling their bellies full of shellfish. A perfect moment to truly become one with nature.
Life can also be hard on the river and for generations families have earned their living on the muddy shores. Using flat bottom boats, wire baskets, a good pair of oyster boots and a worn “oyster knocker” the best local oysters come from the Lockwood Folly River. Locals have their secret clamming holes, they know where the biggest red drum can be caught and where to set up their crab pots. Years of commercial shell-fishing and environmental factors have made earning a living difficult for all, but life must go on because for many this is their way of life. Those that work off the river receive a sense of contentment as the warm breeze hits their faces after a hard day on the river, a sense of true peace.
The Lockwood Folly river gives life to those in the coastal region. From the locals that make a living shell-fishing to the wildlife that depend on the river’s riches, it’s a way of life. Grab your kayak or book a tour, this is one coastal gem you must see.