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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.

The Roanoke Canal Museum remains closed until further notice due to COVID-19

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…

Directions
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.

Admission
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

 

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