Login Form

Main 252-533-2800
Hours Mon - Fri 8:30AM - 5:00PM

The mission of the Roanoke Rapids Parks and Recreation Department is to serve the community by providing a well-rounded program of activities for all ages and by providing safe, attractive, and clean park and recreation facilities.

The Roanoke Canal Trail is open from dawn to dusk every day

Guests of all ages are invited to visit and learn about the rich and diverse history of the original Roanoke Navigation Canal, the development of its industries, the beauty of its wildlife, and the determination of the people who were influenced by it.

The museum utilizes traditional and interactive exhibits to explain how the original canal – with its locks, culverts, and massive aqueduct – was built and turned the Roanoke River into a superhighway of commerce during the early 19th century. The story continues by explaining how the canal was transformed from a trade route into a hydroelectric power resource just over a century ago before becoming the greenway and historic site of today. The museum also has many activities for children and a large outdoor area for picnics and social gatherings.

Step back in time with us toward the end of the 18th century. Imagine, if you will, our forefathers. Their fight for independence behind them, they now turned toward the task of developing this country, not only socially and politically, but also economically.

Follow the river now and experience the creation of the canal, the development of its industries, the beauty of its wildlife and the determination of its people…

From I-95, take exit 173 and turn west on Highway 158 (Julian Allsbrook Highway). Go ½ mile and turn right on Old Farm Road. In ½ mile, Old Farm Road automatically turns into 7th Street. Continue for an additional two miles until reaching Roanoke Avenue. Turn right. Proceed 2 miles until crossing the railroad tracks, then make a left turn onto Jackson Street Ext. The Roanoke Canal Museum is immediately on the right.

Hours                                                                                                                                                                                  Tuesday 10am-4pm                                                                                                                                                    Thursday 10am-4pm                                                                                                                                            Saturday 10am-4pm     

General Admission: $4.00 per person
General Admission - Halifax County Residents: $2.00 per person
Guided Tours: $2.00 per person, minimum of 10 people per group. Children 4 years and younger in a group tour are free. See the Educational Tours page for additional information.

Contact Information

15 Jackson St Extension
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
252-533-2847 ext. 6

Visit our website for news, updates, and more information!!  http://roanokecanal.com/

Visit us on Facebook:  https://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Roanoke-Canal-Museum-and-Trail/148242865193349?fref=ts


Roanoke Rapids City Library

Address: 319 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Telephone: 252-533-2847 ext. 4
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Monday 9-6

Tuesday 9-6

Wednesday 9-6 

Thursday 9-5

Friday 9-2

Closed Saturday and Sunday            

Head Librarian: Vacant
Library Operations Supervisor: Vacant
Library Specialist I (Circulation Services): Leslie Harder
Library Assistant: Mr. Hollowell
Part-time Library Assistants: Mrs. Moore


Our mission is to provide resources and information services for educational, recreational and cultural growth to the citizens of the Roanoke Valley in a Patron friendly atmosphere.

Search the library catalog here and renew books!

The Roanoke Rapids Public Library is supported by City taxpayers, The Friends of the Library, and private donations. Everyone is welcome to use the Library, but a library card is required to check out material.

These services are provided without regard to race, religion, age, education level or economic status.


A nine member Library Advisory Committee renders advice and counsel to the Library Director concerning the operation of the Library with the objective of insuring that quality library services are provided to the residents of Roanoke Rapids.  Read More


Our Library was founded in 1933 by the Roanoke Rapids Women's Club with donated books and a volunteer staff. In 1938 the Club presented the Library to the City of Roanoke Rapids. A few years later, the National Guard Amory became the new home of the Library.  Read More


The Friends of the Roanoke Rapids Public Library was organized in 1962 to help raise funds to build, furnish, equip, and maintain the current facility we enjoy today.

Meeting monthly, The Friends of the Library support and represent the Library in the community. We urge city, county and state governments to continue to increase their support for libraries. We also recruit and coordinate volunteers for all kinds of jobs that the Library needs done. Read More

Link to the Friends of the Library Facebook Page: Visit us on Facebook!


Office hours                                                                                                                                                             

Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm                                                                                                                                 

Saturday 11am-5pm

Splash Pad hours (Mid May-Mid September)                                                                                             

Monday-Sunday: 12pm -7pm 


The Chaloner Recreation Center features a outdoor basketball court, a playground that is open year-round, and a splash pad! The playground has elements for children of all ages, as well as adult exercise  features. The splash pad is open from the middle of May to the middle of September. It has several different water elements, making it fun for all ages! The center also has a multiuse court suitable for several different sports, and walking track around the facility.

Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 2

Need a space for a baby shower or birthday party? Chaloner Recreation Center is a great place to hold your next gathering! Rental fee is $40/hour for residents, $60/hour for non-residents for a minimum of 2 hours. Call for availability and guidelines.

1100 Hamilton Street

Book your next event with us - meetings, banquets, parties, wedding receptions, family reunions or any special event! We can accommodate as few as 20 or as many as 700. Kitchen facilities also available. Call for rates or come by the TJ Davis Recreation Center, 400 East 6th Street, Monday through Friday from 10AM - 3PM to make a reservation.

Contact: (252) 533-2847 ext. 3 for reservations

We only book the Kirkwood Adams Community Center 9 months in advance. The months for booking Kirkwood are as follows:

On the first working day of:

May you can book for January

June you can book for February

July you can book for March

August you can book for April

September you can book for May

October you can book for June

November you can book for July

December you can book for August

January you can book for September

February you can book for October

March you can book for November

April you can book for December

701 Jackson Street
Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 5
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Monday-Thursday: 7:30am-5pm; Friday 7:30am-12noon

Thomas Goble, Senior Center Supervisor
George Lewis, Bus Driver
Cindy Powell, Administrative Assistant


  • 7:30am - 5:00pm - Open Exercise
  • 9:30am - J.A. Senior Club Meeting
  • 10:30am Seniors on the Go Club Meeting
  • 11:00am - Congregate & Delivered Meals*
  • 12:00pm - Shopping*
  • 2:00pm - Movie Day (2nd Monday of the month)


  • 7:30am - 5:00pm - Open Exercise
  • 10:45am - Group Exercise Class - Strength Focus
  • 11:00am - Congregate & Delivered Meals*
  • 11:30am - 12:30pm - Tai Chi I


  • 7:30am - 5:00pm - Open Exercise
  • 11:00am - Group Exercise Class - Range of Motion
  • 11:00am - Congregate & Delivered Meals*
  • 1:30pm - 3:30pm - Bingo - Lloyd Andrews Building*


  • 7:30am - 5:00pm - Open Exercise
  • 8:00am - Multi-Gym Instruction
  • 9:00am - 11:00am Chaloner Senior Club Meeting 
  • 11:00am - Tai Chi II
  • 11:00am - Congregate & Home Delivered Meals*
  • 12:00pm - Shopping*
  • 12:30pm - 3:30pm - Crocheting Club


  • 7:30am - 12:00pm - Open Exercise
  • 9:00am - Wii Bowling
  • 10:00am - Yoga
  • 11:00am - Congregate & Home Delivered Meals*

*Transportation Available


Parks and Recreation Information

T. J. Davis Recreation Center

Current Hours: Monday - Friday: 8:30am-7pm Saturday 10am-5pm Contact: (252) 533-2847 ex 3 Address:...

The Chris Wicker Aquatic Center

500 E. 6th Street Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 1 Josh Sammons Aquatics Supervisor The Chris Wicker...

Jo Story Senior Center

701 Jackson Street Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 5 Tgoble@roanokerapidsnc.com Monday-Thursday:...

J. A. Chaloner Recreation Center

Office hours Tuesday-Friday: 10am-5pm Saturday 11am-5pm Splash Pad hours (Mid May-Mid September)...

Kirkwood Adams Community Center

1100 Hamilton Street Book your next event with us - meetings, banquets, parties, wedding...

Roanoke Rapids Public Library

Address: 319 Roanoke Ave., Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 Telephone: 252-533-2847 ext. 4 Email:...

The Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail

The Roanoke Canal Trail is open from dawn to dusk every day Guests of all ages are invited to...

RR Park Rules

All Roanoke Rapids City Parks are NON-SMOKING . Failure to comply could result in a suspension...

Youth Sports FAQs

We often get asked about youth sports. The most popular questions are: When do sport seasons...

Special Events

Special Events Through the Parks & Recreation Department Canal 1/2 Marathon & 5k Date TBA...

Picnic Shelter Reservations

The picnic shelters at Chockoyotte park, Emry park, and Rochelle park are available for...

Parks and Recreation

Contact: John Simeon, Director of Parks & Recreation Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 3 Email:...

Youth Basketball

Registration will start in early September and run until October 31st no late payments will be...

Leaf Collection Notification

  • Leaf Collection

    The Property Maintenance Department collects loose leaves November - February. Crews work an assigned route and cannot take special requests or special arrangements. Loose leaf piles should be placed behind the curb or edge of pavement without blocking the sidewalk or street. Do not rake or blow...

    Read More ...