Haunted Paddle offers a spooky tour of the Tar

The Tar River near Greenville (Photo from Knee Deep Adventures Facebook page)

By Jane Hudson

"You are traveling through another dimension, a dimension not only of sight and sound but of mind. A journey into a wondrous land of imagination. Next stop ... "

The Tar River after dark on Knee Deep Adventure's Haunted Paddle!

Like an episode of "The Twilight Zone," the annual guided kayak tour takes participants into an eerie world of the unknown.

Beginning at Port Terminal, a trained river guide leads daring paddlers on a one-hour journey down the Tar and into an actual swamp where, according to a press release, "sights and sounds of wild animals are mixed in with this trail’s haunted creatures."

“Think haunted house but in a kayak, in the dark, through a swamp -- inhabited by all types of animals – some real. Not even we can predict everything that will happen out there.” says Kelsey Curtis, owner of Knee Deep Adventures.

And though the Haunted Paddle may be creepy, it's not dangerous, Curtis says.

The tour is carefully planned to make sure groups of six participants stay safe and upright in their kayaks, according to the press release. A lifeguard and other trained personnel will be present every night.

Participants -- who must be 13 or older -- will be provided a kayak, paddle, life jacket and headlamp, Curtis says.

Cost is $25 per person. Last year's event sold out, so participants are urged to sign up as soon as possible at Eventbrite.

In the case of bad weather, rain dates or refunds will be offered.

The Haunted Paddles are held at 7 p.m., 8 p.m. and 9 p.m. every Friday-Monday, Oct. 13-15, Oct. 18-22 and Oct. 26-30.

Are you brave enough to paddle on the haunted Tar?

Jane Welborn Hudson, a native of Greenville, is a former staff writer for The Daily Reflector, where she was editor of Her... magazine and Greenville: Life in the East and several other niche publications. Email her at