4 REASONS TO VISIT THE ROANOKE CANAL MUSEUM AND TRAIL THIS FALL

September 20th, 2018 by

As the pride and joy of Roanoke Rapids, the Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail educates visitors on the history of the river and canal. You will love exploring the outdoors and taking in some of the area’s history. Here are four reasons why you should check out the museum and trail this fall.

1. ROANOKE CANAL TRAIL PARK

Along the western section of the Roanoke Canal Trail sits a 17-acre area filled with fun activities for the whole family. Spend your day swimming in the lake, eating under the lakefront picnic areas, and relaxing on the beach. If you’re into sports, enjoy a few games of sand volleyball, a competitive horseshoes match, or an afternoon on the nine-hole golf course. If you have younger kids, they will love playing and climbing on the modular playground. Top the day off with a walk along the beautiful half-mile trail loop that overlooks Roanoke Rapids Lake.

With activities to keep everyone entertained and happy, the Roanoke Canal Trail Park is a great location for a family outing.

2. RIVER FALLS PARK

River Falls Park is located along the Roanoke River in Weldon, North Carolina. It is also the eastern ending point of the Roanoke Canal Trail. Due to its convenient location, this park is popular for its gorgeous views and nature-filled setting. If you’re into kayaking and canoeing, you will love spending the day conquering the rapids of the Roanoke River found near the park.

If you’re simply looking to spend an afternoon outside, River Falls Park is the perfect location. With its picnic shelters, fitness areas, playground, bathroom facilities, and scenic trail, you’re sure to have a relaxing and fun day with family and friends.

3. THE ROANOKE CANAL MUSEUM

The Roanoke Canal Museum uses exhibits and interactive fun to educate visitors on how the Roanoke River became a main trade route in the early 19th century. It also describes the process of altering the route into a hydroelectric power resource and how it became the historic museum you see today.

Outside of the museum, you can enjoy a picnic with family and friends and walk sections of the Roanoke Canal Trail either on your own or with a guide. Along the trail, you’ll see wildlife, remains of the old canal structures, and beautiful views of the Roanoke River.

4. THE ROANOKE CANAL TRAIL

Along this 7.5-mile hiking and cycling trail, you’ll see remnants of the canal, such as its wide, 39-foot channel. You can observe the local wildlife and plants unique to this area, such as the Atlantic ispyrm and stinging nettle. Bird lovers will appreciate the year-round sightings of Great Blue Herons, Bald Eagles, Barred Owls, and more, so bring your binoculars. The Roanoke Canal Trail offers an enjoyable and historical experience for everyone.

Whether you’re looking for an educational trip, a day full of outdoor fun, or a relaxing hike through nature, be sure to visit The Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail. It won’t disappoint you.