Camping platforms, like this one on the Roanoke River in Bertie County, are planned for the Northwest River in Currituck County.

Currituck County, N.C.,  has long been defined by water, and in the near future, the county’s residents and visitors may have another way to enjoy it, according to The Outer Banks Voice.

The county’s Parks and Recreation and Travel and Tourism departments have been working together to bring camping platforms to the Northwest River, a new ecotourism opportunity for a county already famous for its hunting, fishing and nature-related activities on the Atlantic Ocean and Currituck Sound.

The plan calls for a cluster of three platforms in the shade of the cypress trees lining the river.

Once they are complete, paddlers may reach the platforms in canoes or kayaks launched from the boat ramp on Shingle Landing Creek near Moyock, said Jason Weeks, the director of Currituck’s Parks and Recreation Department.

The new, elevated camping platforms will allow travelers in canoes and kayaks to take a break and spend the night along the way, without leaving the river.

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