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Captain Charles Robbins' Cape Fear River Adventures
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Magical Experience!

We slipped the boats into still black waters, the only sound that of songbirds. As Captain Charles... read more

Reviewed 10 May 2018
Wilmington, North Carolina
Don't Miss This! Best Guide & Trip!

CR truly is an outstanding leader for exploring the best of North Carolina. He guided our group of... read more

Reviewed 17 August 2017
Washington DC, District of Columbia
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Reviewed 17 August 2017

CR truly is an outstanding leader for exploring the best of North Carolina. He guided our group of women on a full-day canoe and kayak trip on the Black River, and we could not have been happier with our day. He takes great care in planning the trip so everyone is comfortable and feels safe. He is passionate about the natural wonders we explored, sharing his excitement at the beauty surrounding us. As others have said, you can tell from the moment you meet him that he is a man of integrity who cares first and foremost for people and the environment. We saw the oldest trees in eastern North America -- thousands of years old -- and it was truly awe-inspiring. Don't miss this trip with the best guide possible.

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Reviewed 12 April 2017

CR is the most amazing trip leader full of great stories and was totally willing to be flexible with our group's needs. His calm and pleasant demeanor made for a smooth trip down the river. CR has incredible passion and knowledge of the river, swamp and cypress trees as well as the wildlife that call the swamp home. This trip isn't just a trip but a life changing experience that will leave you in awe of the treasures in North Carolina. We would go on any trip with CR!

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Reviewed 5 April 2017 via mobile

Capt. Charles orchestrated this trip(my second)with seasoned attention to every detail, safety being at the top. From the planning stages to the drive home (stopping at Eagle Island for home-made ice cream), our family of 8 (with a 5 and 7 year old) experienced a day of thrills beyond expectations.

Visiting the magical lands/waters of the ancient bald cypress is like traveling to another planet. After a 45 minute drive to the kayak "put in", Charles and John Wayne shuttled the cars to the "take out", then returned to start our 5 + hour journey.

Learning about these trees (thousands of years old) as well as the history and biology of the Black River, the many birds and critters there and then its future (a state park?) was humbling. Captain Charles delivers the message quietly, always listening for the birds. He will amaze you with his dramatic stories(having camped out there many times).

We stopped for a leisurely lunch, then continued winding through the thick of the large "cypress knees", even climbing inside the hollow trunks of the living, massive trees. Epic! My husband likens them to Tolkien's "Ents".

For all, this was a journey that we hope to return to, perhaps during different seasons as each will hold new surprises.

Many thanks to Charles, a kind, patient, wise and strong explorer!

Thank Jamjaban
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CapeFearRiver, Owner at Captain Charles Robbins' Cape Fear River Adventures, responded to this reviewResponded 6 April 2017

Thanks to the Hardison family . A absolute perfect day on the Black River and into the 3 Sisters Swamp area to visit the Ancient Bald Cypress. I so do enjoy being a part of showing this special place to everyone. The kids, Molly and Ian, are why we work hard to help get this area preserved and conserved. Just because they have lived for the past 2000 years and more, does not mean that they will survive future development. Your coming to visit is part of the ongoing effort for this conservation. Now that the kids have seen and enjoyed these amazing trees, they will understand how special this area is at some point in their lives. John Wayne, being an arborist, was also excited to be around such magnificent trees, and understood immediately their importance. Come back soon.

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Reviewed 1 August 2016

I could tell from talking with Captain Charles Robbins on the phone that he was a stand up guy and felt really good about him and adventures we would have exploring the Cape Fear and Brunswick River. My wife, two elementary age kids and myself did the four hour excursion. We met at the docks under the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge, which is nice view of the bridge. Captain Charles was on time and ready to go when we arrived at the dock. His boat had plenty of room for the four of us. During the trip he taught us how to read the navigational maps and about boating and how to tie knots...I believe it was called the Bowline knot. My kids got to drive the boat for a bit. He gave us plenty of time to collect shark teeth, explain how the big boats come in and out of the state port. He took us to the old Navassa and Hilton draw bridge that the Railroads use to come across the river to come into Wilmington. Went up Alligator Alley and saw the old rice fields and pass the Hilton bridge and up one of the canals where we just did spy an alligator slip off into the river and disappear under the water. Captain Charles told us about Wilmington history along the waterways and gave us a close up view of the USS North Carolina Battleship. I would highly recommend Cape Fear River Adventures and will us their service again when we decide to explore the 3 sister rivers.

Thank Tonya Dave H
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Reviewed 1 June 2016

At $10/adult, $5/child, this hour long boat tour was a good water view of Wilmington. Captain Robbins' talked for the better part of the first 45 minutes and left time for questions on the return trip. He talked about the history of the port as well as current and future plans.

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