The Roanoke Rapids Lake Day Use Park

Roanoke Rapids Day Lake ParkDominion Resources as a part of its Roanoke Rapids Lake Hydro-Power license has developed an outstanding 17 acre lake front recreation area at the western end of the Roanoke Canal Trail.  This beautiful facility provides 100 persons lake and 40 persons lake front picnic shelters, a modular playground unit, sand volley ball, a swimming beach, a nine whole Frisbee golf course, horseshoes, fishing pier, and a beautiful wooded ½ mile nature and fitness loop trail with excellent views of Roanoke Rapids Lake.  The City of Roanoke Rapids is a partner in the project and has provided grant resources that helped to construct the facility. 

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River Falls Park

River Falls ParkRiver Falls Park in Weldon, North Carolina is located alongside the Roanoke River at the NC Wildlife Resource Commission Boat Landing. The park is also the eastern terminus for the 7-1/2 mile trail that spans from Weldon to Roanoke Rapids Lake, linking the two communities together.  Due to its proximity to major highways, many tourists visit the sight for its scenic views and natural park setting.  Kayakers and canoeists travel hours to spend the day maneuvering the rapids located in this section of the Roanoke River.

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What Can We do at the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail?
  • Creating Electricity ExhibitStroll through the museum exhibits, featuring the development and construction of the Roanoke Navigation Canal and other canals like it on the fall line and the conversion from navigation to power generation
  • Watch an oral history DVD in which 10 people share their research and reminiscences about the Roanoke Canal and the Roanoke River
  • Peruse locally donated artifacts portraying life along the Roanoke River during the lifetime of the canal
  • Learn about local wildlife found along the Roanoke Canal Trail and the Roanoke River, including the infamous striped bass
  • Angle for magnetic fish, construct an aqueduct, draw on the chalkboard in our children’s area
  • Have a picnic with family, friends or civic group in our picnic area
  • Walk portions of the 7.5 mile Roanoke Canal Trail, on your own or with a guide, to observe wildlife, view historic canal structures and enjoy the scenic beauty of the Roanoke River
  • Guided tours are complimentary for school groups and non-profit organizations
 


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