Roanoke/Cashie River Center | NC Weekend | UNC-TV


>>WELCOME TO “NORTH CAROLINA
WEEKEND.” I’M DEBORAH HOLT NOEL. IT RUNS THROUGH A SMALL TOWN IN
A SMALL COUNTY, BUT THERE’S NOTHING SMALL ABOUT THE
55-MILE-LONG CASHIE RIVER. AND AS PRODUCER CLAY JOHNSON
SHOWS US, THAT ALSO APPLIES TO THE AMOUNT OF FUN YOU CAN HAVE
ON ITS MEANDERING BLACK WATERS.>>IT’S A GREAT RESOURCE. NOT A LOT OF TOWNS HAVE SUCH A GREAT RESOURCE AS THE RIVER.>>ALL RIGHT, Y’ALL. LET’S GO.>>THE TOWN IS HEATHER LAWICKI’S
HOME OF WINDSOR, AND THE RIVER IS THE CASHIE. YOU CAN’T REALLY SAY THE RIVER
RUNS THROUGH IT. IT’S MUCH MORE OF A LEISURELY
STROLL THAN A RUN.>>COMPARED TO MOST RIVERS THAT
I’VE KAYAKED, IT’S A LOT MORE STILL. THE WATER DOES NOT MOVE SWIFTLY. IT’S NOT — IT’S NOT DANGEROUS
WATER. IT’S VERY CALM, VERY SERENE.>>AND THAT’S WHY HEATHER AND SO
MANY OTHERS LIKE TO PADDLE THE CASHIE.>>I ENJOY BEING OUT IN THE
OPEN. I LIKE BEING IN NATURE. I REALLY LIKE THE QUIET. IT’S NICE TO, UM, TO GET AWAY,
EVEN IF IT’S JUST FOR 30 MINUTES ON THE WATER. SEE ALL TYPES OF WILDLIFE. LAST TIME I WENT, WE SAW RIVER
OTTERS. WE SAW CRANES. WE SAW DUCKS. I DON’T THINK IT’S AS
APPRECIATED AS IT COULD BE. A LOT OF PEOPLE JUST REALLY
DON’T KNOW THAT IT’S HERE.>>THE RIVER STARTS IN THE
SWAMPLANDS OF NORTHERN BERTIE COUNTY AND SNAKES ITS WAY
SOUTHEAST TO THE ALBEMARLE SOUND.>>ITS EARLIER YEARS, IT’S
CASHIE RIVER WAS A SOURCE OF TRADE AND TRAVEL.>>NOW THE RIVER IS A SOURCE OF
RECREATION FOR KAYAKING, CANOEING AND FISHING.>>THIS RIVER IS A PRIZED
FISHING GROUND.>>THERE’S JUST A LOT TO DO ON
THE WATER.>>THAT’S ONE REASON THE
NONPROFIT ORGANIZATION CALLED THE PARTNERSHIP FOR THE SOUNDS
BUILT THE ROANOKE CASHIE RIVER CENTER ON THE BANKS OF THE
CASHIE IN WINDSOR.>>WE’RE PROMOTING TOURISM AND
SUSTAINABLE ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT THROUGH TOURISM AND OTHER JOBS
THAT CAN BE ASSOCIATED WITH TOURISM.>>THE CENTER IS THE HUB. INSIDE THERE’S A MUSEUM
FEATURING CIVIL WAR ARTIFACTS AND EXHIBITS ABOUT BERTIE
COUNTY’S NATURAL RESOURCES AND WILDLIFE. BUT THE MAIN ATTRACTION IS THE
RIVER ITSELF, OF COURSE. THE CENTER GETS YOU ON IT BY
RENTING CANOES AND KAYAKS. THERE’S A STATE-OF-THE-ART
PORTAGE FOR THEM RIGHT BEHIND THE BUILDING. THE CENTER ALSO TAKES PEOPLE ON
THESE RIVER RAMBLING TOURS.>>TO REALLY GET THE PEOPLE OUT
ON THE RIVER AND APPRECIATE THE BEAUTY OF THE CASHIE RIVER.>>AND APPRECIATE THE RIVER’S
HISTORY WITH SOME LOCAL KNOWLEDGE FROM CAPTAIN ERNEST
CARRAWAY.>>THERE ARE SEVERAL AREAS ALONG
THE RIVER THAT THERE HAVE BEEN LOTS OF INDIAN ARTIFACTS
DISCOVERED.>>THERE ARE RIVER RAMBLING
TOURS DAY AND NIGHT AND EVEN HOLIDAY TOURS TO GATHER
MISTLETOE.>>I THINK LAST YEAR WE HAD TWO
OR THREE TRIPS LOADED BOATLOADS TWO OR THREE DIFFERENT TIMES TO
GO DOWN AND DO MISTLETOE GATHERING RIGHT AT CHRISTMAS.>>IT’S ALL DONE TO CREATE AN
EXPERIENCE FOR AREA RESIDENTS AND VISITORS WHERE THEY CAN HAVE
FUN AND LEARN SOMETHING TOO.>>I THINK THE APPRECIATION OF
THE RIVER AND ITS BEAUTY AND APPRECIATION OF BERTIE COUNTY
AND WINDSOR.>>THE SAME APPRECIATION HEATHER
LAWICKI HAS FOR THIS VERY SPECIAL PLACE.>>IT’S VERY CALMING TO JUST BE
AWAY FROM THE ROADS AND THE NOISE AND JUST RELAX. IT’S VERY, VERY PEACEFUL, VERY
RELAXING. IT’S A LOVELY SETTING TO BE IN.

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