Trent River Information

Image of Cunningham Draw Bridge in New Bern, North CarolinaThe Trent River begins in Lenoir County approximately 15 miles southwest of Kinston and flows through Jones and Craven County. Beginning as a narrow, black water stream, with a limestone bedrock. The river which is approximately 100 miles long takes a winding course heading towards the east. An estuary of the Neuse River, it joins the Neuse River at Union Point Park in downtown New Bern.


Image is scene from a dock on the Trent River

Named after the river Trent which flows through the Midlands of England, the river provides good fishing grounds for the sports fisherman as it did for the Tuscarora Indians whose settlements lined its banks decades ago. When the water level is moderate to high the river is navigable about eight miles upstream to Pollocksville. The thing to watch out for are strong west-to-southwest winds that push the water out of much of the river.


Much of the area the river goes through is undisturbed with ample wildlife and and scenic undisturbed vistas. Water sports along the Trent River are common. Many enjoy sailing, water skiing and jet skiing along the smooth waters as well as kayaking and canoeing.

More information about the Neuse & Trent Rivers:

NC Wildlife Resources Commission - information on marine trades and boating resources

Sound Rivers - environmental information on the Neuse and Trent Rivers

NC Sea Grant - coastal information and resources