The Roanoke Canal Trail is a beautiful recreational biking route from the town of Roanoke Rapids to Weldon. The trail follows one of the country's most impressive and best-preserved early 19-century canals. Begun before 1819, and completed in 1823, the Roanoke Canal was built as the North Carolina segment of the ambitious Roanoke Navigation System. It was designed to connect the Blue Ridge Mountains of Virginia with Norfolk across a distance of 400 miles. Today, intact segments of the canal include portions of the 39-foot-wide channel, its 10-foot-wide tow path, the original aqueduct and a stone culvert.
In addition to the lovely scenery along the trail, you can learn about the canal's history at a new museum, housed in the former generator house and office building for the Roanoke Navigation and Power Company (listed on the National Register of Historic Places).
There are numerous access points and places to park throughout the length of the canal trail. Visit the Roanoke Canal & Museum website to download a brochure that shows the access points. For more information, contact:
The Roanoke Canal Commission, Inc.
c/o Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department
400 East Sixth St.
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870