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Posted on: July 6, 2022

[ARCHIVED] up the creek with a paddle


OriginalExperience the unique history and natural beauty of Gray’s Creek in Surry, Virginia. Designated as part of Virginia’s Scenic Rivers Program in 2020, Gray’s Creek was first navigated by the Indigenous People of the coastal region and later explored by Captain John Smith of Jamestown fame. An attempted second colonial fort began construction by Smith along the creek in 1609; and, although never completed, the raised earthworks remain on the property of Smith’s Fort Plantation.

This is a FREE ticketed event. Guided, interpretive tours will begin next to the Surry Seafood Company Restaurant where there is event parking and a bathhouse available. Gray’s Creek is sheltered from strong coastal winds and currents; this allows guests access to marshes that support various species of wildlife and waterfowl. Your experienced guide will share how this tranquil waterway is steeped in history during the hour-long tour.  Tickets are available on Eventbrite.

Guests may choose to enjoy a delicious meal at The Surry Seafood Company Restaurant upon their return.

BYOK (Bring Your Own Kayak)! A limited number of kayaks and PFD can be arranged through our event staff. If interested in borrowing equipment onsite, please call (757) 294-0644 before reserving your tickets at    

Important Information for Ticketholders:

A Liability Waiver Form must be completed prior to your tour. You may download the form here, or it will be made available to you at the Registration Desk when you arrive.

Check back for a link specific to the 2022 Commemorative Event Shirts designed by our friends at Gray's Creek Outfitters. We love their designs and we think you will too! Shirts will be available to purchase online with delivery at the event, or you can purchase them directly from the vendor before or after your tour. 

What to bring: Kayak and PFD; drinking water and snack, if desired; sunblock and hat for sun protection; camera/phone in zip lock or dry bag; sunglasses with strap; towel and change of clothes - just in case; special medical needs (inhaler, EpiPen, etc.) - emergency medical services will be available onsite on the day of the event.


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