Roanoke Canal Trail

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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).

Parking and Trail Access

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


Mixed Bag - Not for the Faint of Heart but Enjoyable

   January, 2015 by gsbuckeye

Just rode the eastern end of the trail (from mile post 7.8 – River Falls Park/Weldon to 3.3 – River Road Parking Lot and back again) last night (Friday, January 3, 2015). Several notes: 1. Great parking area in Weldon (with rest rooms) but trail begins more

Weldon End MTB only

   May, 2014 by gim820

Rode trail with dual shock MTB. Forget road or trail bikes. First 3-4 miles out of Weldon only MTB compatible. Trail maintenance is not up to speed. Signage is poor especially at mid point where trail peters out and is found only by searching for a one more

Good ATB/MTB trail

   September, 2009 by lars1367

It was a little rough with a Burley and two kids in tow! I would not advise taking a child, or children, in a trailer beyond the I-95 section of the trail, as it gets more difficult (fun if you are into technical riding and have a good bike). I'd like more