One of NC’s Most Unique Outdoor Adventures – Exploring the Roanoke
Looking for a unique, North Carolina outdoor adventure? Well we have just the destination for you …
Touted by Bland Simpson as North Carolina’s “Amazon,” the Roanoke River winds through Northeastern North Carolina and provides the backdrop for a stunning wild experience. Even the name, “Roanoke,” evokes this river’s connection to the natives who made their home here, long before European settlers arrived. The history found throughout the region is rich. The Roanoke River is recognized as an important part of the Underground Railroad – and as such, was a favored refuge for freedom seekers. Fortunately, many areas of the Roanoke remain relatively unchanged, even today. Stretching from southern Virginia all the way to the Albemarle Sound, the Roanoke River Region offers a rare chance to step back in time as well as an outdoor adventure like none other.
Roanoke River Paddle Trail
16 Unique Riverside Camping Platforms/Sites
Since the late 90s, outdoor enthusiasts from across the U.S. (and other countries) have been drawn to the Roanoke River Region to experience the beautiful vistas, peaceful moments, and up-close opportunities to observe a host of native and migrating species. Sixteen riverside camping platforms/sites make a low-cost overnight-stay very affordable. Each camping platform/site offers its own unique features. Some are a flat wooden platform upon which multiple tents can by anchored; some include a screened porch; some are only accessible by water; and some are accessible by land as well. Many of the families and groups that come, camp for the weekend. More adventurous outdoor enthusiasts come with friends and camp for a week as they make their way along the trail. Pictures and descriptions of each camp site are available by going to Roanoke River Partners: Home
The Roanoke River Region has all the essentials to make it a favorable habitat to foster both native and migrating species. In addition to paddlers and campers, a wide variety of outdoor enthusiasts including birdwatchers, artists, photographers, and filmmakers – return to the region time and time again to get close to nature. A host of birds, waterfowl, white tailed deer, wild turkeys, and black bear – just to name a few of the native species, all call this region home. Among the exciting draws that the Roanoke offers is the promise of seeing an eagle in flight or a mama bear and cubs swim across the river.
Small Town Charm
In addition to a multitude of outdoor experiences, the Roanoke River Region is home to a number of historic North Carolina towns. These towns offer a stroll back in time as well as a variety of local products and quaint small town experiences. Many of the local products and experiences reflect the history and cultural heritage of the region. In addition to riverside camping, our region offers a number of possible overnight accommodations including campgrounds, B&Bs, hotels and motels and a variety of restaurants which offer authentic regional foods. Many of the region’s small towns host annual festivals and other unique events throughout the year. You can see more information about member towns at Roanoke River Partners: Towns
Rosenwald River Center
With support from the local community, the fortuitous acquisition of the old Hamilton Colored School has provided the opportunity to develop both an historic and a more culturally diverse hub for the trail. Currently a work in progress, upon completion, this historic property will function as a river/community center; an interpretative site to tell the Rosenwald story; and an economic generator for the region. Going forward, this reclaimed historic site, on the National Register as a part of the Hamilton Historic District, is now known as the Rosenwald River Center. To learn more go to Roanoke River Partners: Rosenwald
Annual Spring and Fall Paddle Events
Roanoke River Partners collaborate with member towns and organizations to host and promote two annual paddle events – a spring paddle on the lower Roanoke and a fall paddle on the upper Roanoke. The upcoming 2015 Spring Paddle Day is scheduled for mid-April (location TBA). The 2015 Annual Roanoke River Ramble, in partnership with Halifax County Tourism, is slated for the first Saturday in November. You can go to Roanoke River Partners to get additional information as these dates and locations are confirmed. Note: There are a growing number of other paddle events hosted by regional towns and organizations throughout the year and you can check our website to find out about them.
Where It All Began …
Amidst an economic downturn in the mid-90s, a group of visionary community leaders (now known as Roanoke River Partners/RRP) came together to consider ideas to boost the local economy. Upon conducting an inventory of regional assets, the famed Roanoke River; the lush wildlife that the river supports; and the vast tracts of farm and woodlands that are still found, were at the top of the list of regional assets. With both private and public support garnered over the past twenty years, this grassroots initiative has bloomed into a nationally recognized destination for those seeking unique outdoor adventures and quaint rural experiences.
The growth and development of this initiative is dependent on both regional and outside investment and support. If you have questions or would like to learn how you or your organization can support this initiative, you can contact the director at email@example.com or 252-798-3920. We encourage you to support the effort by going to Roanoke River Partners Membership
To preserve, enhance and promote the natural, cultural and historic identity and integrity of the Roanoke River Region through tourism and other environmentally sustainable activities which encourage economic development and social justice.
The Roanoke River Paddle Trail and Camping System is open 24/7 – 365 days a year. Spring and fall are peak seasons for camping.
Camping costs begin at $25 a night for 2 people. The cost for each additional camper is $10 each per night.
Reservations available on-line at Roanoke River Partners Reservations or by calling 252-792-3790.
Membership cost — $35 and up
ALL sponsorships and donations are welcome and greatly appreciated!
Current Needs and Wish List
MORE paddlers/campers for 2015 (Make your spring reservations NOW!)
MORE Facebook “likes”
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MORE media coverage!
MORE members (towns, businesses, organizations, families & individuals)
MORE donors – This grassroots initiative could not exist without donor support!
MORE advocates … sharing our story!
A great NC place to visit …
Whether you are looking to get away for a day, a weekend or a full week, the Roanoke River Region has a unique adventure waiting for you.
Visit RRP’s website to learn more about the unique Roanoke River Region activities offered. If you have specific questions or need information that is not offered on our website, you can contact the director through the information below.
Make plans to visit our beautiful river region soon. We stand ready to assist you in planning a memorable Eastern North Carolina adventure like none other!
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Carol Jones Shields lives on a family farm just off the banks of the Roanoke River. She is involved in rural community development in Eastern North Carolina and is the new Executive Director for Roanoke River Partners, Inc. She welcomes opportunities to share the Roanoke River story as well as information about how you can support this important rural development initiative. You can contact her at 252-798-3920 or firstname.lastname@example.org.