The Tar River Trail parallels the Tar River, where Tuscarora Indians traveled before colonists settled here. Along the trail you will find evidence of early colonial history, the industrial revolution, Civil War activity and a tribute to the Civil Rights movement. The trail links five city parks and passes the original site of Rocky Mount, the second cotton mill operated in North Carolina.
The Tar River Trail also passes Stonewall Manor, which Federal troops spared from burning during the Civil War. Near one of the two pedestrian bridges on the trail, look for a roadside marker commemorating General Laffayette's visit to the area.
Most of the trail is paved but there is one boardwalk section that crosses marsh habitat. There are public boat and canoe launches, as well as numerous fishing spots along the riverbank.
Parking and Trail Access
The Tar River Trail is easily accessible with public parking at five locations. For more information, contact:
City of Rocky Mount, Outdoor Recreation
PO Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC, 27802-1180
More trail information
More information can be found at the Rocky Mount website
First thing, this trail is only 3.1 Miles one way according to my odometer.
My wife and I road this trail Thanksgiving weekend, it is a nice trail. Like many of the greenways in and around central NC, this trail would benefit from some work. The asphalt ...