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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.

Welcome to the Roanoke Canal Museum!

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.

Explore the museum by using the menu found at the top of each page. Information about exhibits, guided tours, educational opportunities, events, news, the gift shop, and more are available. Above all else, you are encouraged to come explore the museum and hike the trail, where history and fun can be discovered around every corner!

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 (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.

General Admission 9 years and older: $4.00 per person
General Admission 8 years and younger: Free Halifax County Residents receive a $2.00 per person discount on General Admission rates.
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.


The Roanoke Canal Trail is open From Dawn to Dusk Every Day

The Roanoke Canal Museum is open

Tuesday – Saturday from 10:00 A.M. to 4:00 P.M.

Contact Information

15 Jackson St Extension
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870

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

Visit the Canal Museum and Trail's page 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
Fax: 252-533-2892
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Hours: Monday - Thursday 10:00 am - 6:00 pm, Friday - Saturday 10:00 am - 2:00 pm

Head Librarian: Jeff Watson
Library Operations Supervisor: Vacant
Library Specialist I (Circulation Services): Leslie Harder
Library Assistant: Ruby Mason


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!


Open Monday-Friday 10am-5pm

The Chaloner Recreation Center features a playground that is open year-round, and a splash pad that  will open on May 2nd! The playground has elements for children of all ages, as well as adult exercise  features. The splash pad 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 $35/hour for residents, $55/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 8:30AM - 5:00PM 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

Jo Story Senior Center

701 Jackson Street
Phone: (252) 533-2847 ext. 5
Fax: (252) 533-2803

Monday-Thursday 7:30am-5:00pm and Friday 7:30am-12:00pm

Thomas Goble, Senior Center Supervisor
Crystal Burgess, Bus Driver
Janice Dickerson, Administrative Assistant


  • Mondays - Healthy BINGO - 8:45 a.m.
  • Mondays - Knitting - 1:00 p.m.
  • Mondays (1st & 3rd) - Optimist Club - 6:00 p.m.
  • Mondays (2nd) - Movie Mondays - 2:00 p.m.
  • Tuesdays - Tai Chi I - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays - Group Fitness - 11:00 a.m.
  • Tuesdays (3rd) - Diabetes Support - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays - Group Exercise - 11:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays - BINGO - 1:30 p.m. (Lloyd Andrews Bldg.)
  • Wednesdays (1st) - Women’s Ministerial Association - 10:00 a.m.
  • Wednesdays (3rd) - Family Care Support - 12:30 p.m.
  • Thursdays - Tai Chi II - 11:00 a.m.
  • Thursdays - Crocheting - 1:00p.m.
  • Thursdays (2nd) - Grief Support - 2:00 p.m.
  • Thursdays (2nd) - Roanoke Valley Quilters' Guild - Board 6:00 pm, Meeting 7:00
  • Fridays - Yoga 10:00 a.m.
  • Fridays - Wii Bowling - 9:00 a.m.


  • July 4 - Center Closed Fourth of July

  • July 10 - Health Screening 10am-12 noon

  • July 15 - Senior Advisory Meeting 12:15pm

  • July 18 - Game Time 1:30pm

  • August 14 - Health Screening 10am-12 noon

  • September 2 - Center Closed Labor Day

  • September 12 - Health Screening 10am-12 noon

  • September 19 - Game Time 1:30pm

  • October 8 - Diabetes Support 8:30am

  • October 9 - Health Screening 10am-12 noon

  • October 14 - Center Closed Columbus Day

  • October 15 - December 6 - SHIIP Counseling by Appointment

  • October 21 - Senior Advisory Meeting 12:15pm

  • November 11 - Center Closed Veterans Day

  • November 13 - Health Screening 10am-12 noon

  • November 14 - Game Time 1:30pm

  • November 28 - 29 - Center Closed Thanksgiving Holiday

  • December 24 - 26 - Center Closed Christmas Holiday 

Senior Health Insurance Information Counseling

Senior Health Insurance Information Program (SHIIP) Counseling is available throughout the year. People approaching Medicare enrollment or experiencing problems with understanding payment of medical bills should call the Jo Story Senior Center at 533-2849 to schedule an individual appointment for SHIIP Counseling.

Transportation Available

Transportation is provided by the Jo Story Senior Center for people 60 years old or older living within the City of Roanoke Rapids or within two miles of the city. The individual must have designated need for transportation assistance as determined through an application process. Transportation is provided to the senior center or for grocery shopping, general shopping, congregate nutrition, and activities sponsored by the senior center. Call the senior center to obtain an application.

Support Groups

The following support groups meet monthly at the senior center: Care Giver Support Group 3rd Wed. 12:30 pm; Diabetes Support Group 3rd Tues. 11 am; Grief Support Group 2nd Thur. at 2pm. Please call the senior center at 252-533-2849 for additional information and to receive the free senior center newsletter.

Parks and Recreation Information

T. J. Davis Recreation Center

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The Aquatic Center

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Jo Story Senior Center

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J. A. Chaloner Recreation Center

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Kirkwood Adams Community Center

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Roanoke Rapids Public Library

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Youth Athletics Information

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Adult Athletics

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Parks and Recreation

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Youth Basketball

Youth Basketball schedules will be available later in the year

Leaf Collection Notification

  • Leaf Collection Notifications

      We have started collecting loose leaves in the alleys. Alleys are only collected once during the season. Also, we are still collecting loose leaves on the street front. Reminder that loose leaf season ends at the end of February.       Crews work a daily assigned route and cannot take special requests or...

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