Rock Landing road crosses SR 67. On the west, it’s a straight drive to East River drive, which intersects to the south and then jogs to continue about 100 yards further west down Rock Landing road.
Camp site 17, a nice site for paddlers because it has an easy take-out and put-in, and large flat camping area, is about 3 campsites north when Rock Landing road ends and East River road north takes over.
A month ago, the river was very low. With over 2 inches of rain last week, the New River looked much more promising for paddling upriver from campsite 17.
It’s been three times now in 2018, we’ve spotted a family a racoons digging in the mud for food at Womack Creek, Tate’s Hell State Forest.
We have been monitoring this creek since 2012 and except for a pair of mating raccoons (in a tree!), they have been noticeably out of sight.
All three sightings have been in the morning under overcast skies and at low tide.
The first time around — over a month ago, the mother and three kits were first sighted. Mom gave an alarm call and all three kits and mom got out of sight. Second time around, mom seemed less alarmed and let the two kits be where they were, foraging in the mud. She, herself, absented herself into the brush. Today, the larger, possibly the mother, ambled into the bush, leaving two kits to dig in the mud. Of the two kits, one was less intimidated and continued digging as the kayak floated nearer to it.