Hi @dadDale - Thanks for reaching out!
I'm from New Orleans, but have made my way north many times to get out on the water and am always impressed with the quality of waterways around the southeast. The following stand out to me as great rivers with paddle-in campsites:
- North Fork New River to New River State Park (North Carolina)
- Tennessee River Blueway (Tennessee)
- Buffalo National River (Arkansas) - This is a bit of a drive from more typical SE USA destinations, but a really impressive spot! The Upper District can have more active water, though there are Tyler Bend and Buffalo Point routes too.
Hopefully this helps. If you're willing to share, it would be fun to hear where you end up taking your crew!