North Carolina county #53 Meherrin River Landing
My next stop was the Meherrin River Landing at the Murfreesboro Water Treatment Plant. I wasn’t really sure what to expect but there was supposed to be a trail alongside the boat launch.
While I was there I saw two boats go and one come back, and it looked like great fun slowly coasting down that tunnel of trees. After you go down a bit I believe it connects into the much larger Meherrin River at some point. If I lived in this part of the state, I think I would probably end up getting a boat, with all of the great spots to explore. It is much more appealing to me than boating on a big lake.
Unfortunately the trail was completely overgrown. I made it maybe 50 yards before I would have needed a machete to continue, and I wasn’t in the mood for bushwhacking in the muggy heat with my gear. I was lucky enough to find a couple of White-eyed Vireos in that first 50 yards so I got a photo of one.
The landing area does have a roughly 2-3 acre clearing which I walked the perimeter of, enabling me get a grand total of 9 species. It was interesting watching the boats, but not a great spot for birding. I didn’t stay very long as there wasn’t much left to do, and I moved on to the next county.