Tar River Trail

North Carolina

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Tar River Trail Facts

States: North Carolina
Counties: Edgecombe, Nash
Length: 3 miles
Trail end points: City Lake on Sunset Avenue and Martin Luther King, Jr. Park off Leggett Road to Rocky Mount Sports Complex
Trail surfaces: Asphalt
Trail category: Greenway/Non-RT
ID: 6153149
Trail activities: Bike, Inline Skating, Wheelchair Accessible, Walking

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Tar River Trail Description

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

Tar River Trail Reviews

Short trail, but came from the Centennial Sportsplex so that added some mileage. I road a hybrid without a cyclometer. Great trail if your kids are tied up at the park. You can loop around to beef it out if you'd like. Trail connects up a lot of neighbor parks. I recommend. Kiosks all over that show trail map. Could still have been better marked.

Surprised to see Rocky Mount with such a nice trail.

Great trail! Perfect for walking, running and bicycling.


I was surprised to find out Rocky Mount has this nice trail. There are a few bumpy places and a few hills, but nothing I couldn't handle.

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 is raised in many areas by the roots of trees. The parks along the trail seemed to be well kept and would make a great picnic spots.

The leaves were down and the Tar River beautiful, this trail was fun to ride even though it was shorter than advertised. If you want a short ride, it is worth the drive.

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