Roanoke Rapids is in northeastern North Carolina, close to the Virginia border, in Halifax County. The county has a number of historical sites, including historic Halifax, which was the site of the Fourth Provincial Congress. Roanoke Rapids also has plenty of outdoor activities and attractions, but the county’s biggest claim to fame is Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, which has the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered waterfowl. Read on to learn more about the fantastic activities you can do while in Roanoke Rapids!
1. Trail riding at Medoc Mountain State Park
The dedicated volunteers carefully maintain the park’s trails, which are open from 8 a.m. until an hour before sundown, year-round. Though there are rocks on the trail, unshod mounts that wear trail boots have had no difficulty with the paths, which are particularly well-suited to riders and horses that have not had long experience with trail riding.
Trail Riding at Medoc Mountain State Park
Address: 1541 Medoc Mountain Rd, Hollister, NC 27844, USA
2. Medoc Mountain State Park
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A trip to Medoc Mountain State Park can mean both a reflection on rich history and a long roster of activities in a beautiful natural setting. Residents have enjoyed hunting, hiking and riding horses on the land, for decades. Sidney Weller, a farmer and educator, is credited with developing the American system of winemaking and grape culture and owned the property in the 19th century.
Campers at Medoc Mountain State Park can choose from 34 campsites, that have tent pads, tables and grills, and there are 12 electric hookups. In addition, there are also showers and restrooms, nearby. Those who are in the mood for canoeing can enjoy the 2.5 miles (4 km) of Little Fishing Creek, that flows through the park. Nature lovers can also enjoy wildlife watching and fishing in the creek, and there are more than 10 miles (16.1 km) each of hiking trails through various park terrains and trails for horseback riding.
The park opens daily at 8 a.m. Park office hours are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., Monday through Friday, and the office is closed on state holidays.
Medoc Mountain State Park
Address: 1541 Medoc Mountain Rd, Hollister, NC 27844, USA
Website: Medoc Mountain State Park
3. Hunting and fishing
Home to one of the greatest striped bass runs anywhere in the world and teeming with wild creatures, from white-tailed deer to black bears to possums, the Roanoke Valley’s forests, river banks and lakes add up to an outdoorsman’s paradise. Beginning in the mid-1990s, conservationists and sportsmen made a major effort to clean up area waterways, many of which were badly affected by factory waste and pushed for the use of hooks that did not damage catch-and-release fish. Today, their efforts have brought the local rockfish and shad populations back, in force. Fishermen also find plenty of crappie, largemouth bass, catfish, sunfish, walleye and more, in the local waters.
Crystal Coast Adventures
Website: Fishing via Crystal Coast Adventures
4. Golf courses
Golfers in the Roanoke Valley have plenty of choices to hone their skills. At the Chockoyotte Country Club, ponds on three holes complement the landscape, including willows on each side of one fairway.The course features 6,260 yards of golf and it is a Par 72 course. At Hickory Meadows in Whitakers, North Carolina, even Santa Claus makes an appearance. The course embraces the holiday season and organizes events, including a golfer’s scramble.
Chockoyotte Country Club
Address: 800 Country Club Rd, Weldon, NC 27890, USA
Website: Chockoyotte Country Club
Hickory Meadows Golf Course
Address: 8983 NC-33, Whitakers, NC 27891, USA
Website: Hickory Meadows Golf Course
5. Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail
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The Roanoke Canal Museum follows the story of the Roanoke River‚ from the building of the canal to its use for electric power generation. A painted “river” flows along the museum floor‚ guiding patrons through exhibits that focus on the history of the canal – an engineering and economic-development wonder of its day – and highlighting area wildlife and physical aspects of the river, itself.
The new exhibits illustrate the daily life of battlement and river folks‚ and document the development of hydroelectric power at the site the museum now occupies. Colorful‚ stylized paintings by Roanoke Rapids High School art students, decorate the walls of the children’s area.
Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail
Address: 15 Jackson Street Extension, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, USA
Website: Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail
6. Kayaking in Roanoke Rapids
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The river is clean, deer can be seen along the wooded banks and the crystal clear water is home to striped bass and catfish. Kayakers from across the state and Virginia are drawn to the rapids. For those who shy away from the rapids, they recommend experiencing the quieter aspects of the river, including a walk along the canal trail system beside the water, a canoe trip, or a fishing excursion.
The canal trail attracts an estimated 30,000 people, annually, who walk, jog, bike, picnic and watch the birds and other wildlife. The 7.2-mile (11.6 km) trail connects Roanoke Rapids Lake Park and River Falls Park. Much of the trail is wheelchair accessible.
Roanoke Mountain Adventures
Address: 806 Wasena Ave SW, Roanoke, VA 24015, USA
Website: Roanoke Mountain Adventures
7. NC Area festivals
Harvest season in Halifax County, including Roanoke Rapids, yields a crop of festivals celebrating agriculture.The Enfield Peanut Festival kicks off the season, with street dancing‚ live music‚ food‚ arts and crafts‚ and a pig cook-off, the first weekend in October. The festival provides the meat for Friday’s barbecue‚ which draws cooks from all over the county.
The county’s largest agricultural festival‚ Halifax County Harvest Days‚ takes place in late-October. Now in its 16th year‚ Harvest Days showcases area history and culture, with colorful exhibits and fascinating demonstrations.
NC Area Festivals
Website: NC Area Festivals
8. Waterfowl Park
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More than 2,500 endangered birds from around the world live at Sylvan Heights Waterfowl Park, in Scotland Neck. The 18-acre (7.3-hectare) avian breeding preserve was established as a sanctuary in 1989, and officials decided to open it to the public in 2006. About 25,000 visitors a year tour the park, which has become the largest breeding waterfowl complex in the world. It is also an impressive tourist attraction for the town of Scotland Neck.
In 2009, Sylvan Heights added an attraction called Bird’s Nest, an accessible tree-house where visitors can enjoy a bird’s-eye view of the park’s wetlands. Besides birds, onlookers might also see various kinds of insects, reptiles, amphibians, beavers and deer.
Address: 1829 Lees Meadow Rd. City, Scotland Neck. State, NC. Zip, 27874
9. World champion wakeboarding on Lake Gaston
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The sport of wakeboarding is a lot like waterskiing, except that participants use one longboard instead of two skis. The board is much like the board used in snowboarding, and wakeboarders use the bumpy wakes from their speedboats to jump into the air and do tricks. Lots of families come here for wakeboard lessons and end up buying homes on Lake Gaston.
Recreational tourism here also extends to fishing, and the Roanoke Valley is known as the Rockfish Capital of the World. Every spring, starting around mid-March, rockfish (also called striped bass) swim from the Atlantic Ocean to the Roanoke River and into the rapids in Weldon, where they find the ideal water speed and temperature to spawn.
World Champion Wakeboarding on Lake Gaston
Address: AF Wake, Inc.1881 Eaton Ferry Road, Littleton, NC 27850-8273
10. Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Discover the world’s largest collection of rare and endangered waterfowl. Sylvan Heights gives visitors the opportunity to see over 2,500 birds from around the world, from ducks, geese and swans, to parrots, pheasants, cranes, owls, toucans, flamingos and much more.Visitors of all ages and interests can walk through continental-themed aviaries, experiencing the diverse beauty, color and sound of these creatures.
For an even more interactive experience, guests can feed parakeets and flamingos in the park’s Landing Zone exhibit. An amazing wheelchair accessible treehouse overlooks the natural wetlands, and the Beaver Pond Blind allows visitors to get closer to North Carolina’s native wildlife.
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Address: 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874, USA
Website: Sylvan Heights Bird Park
11. Wine tasting tours around the Rosemont Vineyards and Winery
Experience an authentic winery tour at Blackridge Road and get the chance to see first hand the intricate process of how local Virginia wine is made. Book a tour at Rosemont Vineyards and Winery and sit in an intimate wine tasting room, for just 10 USD learn how the wine is grown, produced, and bottles by some of the best connoisseurs. Visitors will also get to tour the barrel room depending on the reservation made and will also be welcomed to book group tastings and tours that charge 15 USD with private tastings of all current wines, and a souvenir glass by the end of the session. Elevate ladies night and go on a road trip to Virginia’s finest vineyards to experience wine country like nowhere else.
Wine Tasting at Rosemont Vineyards and Winery
Address: 1050 Blackridge Road LaCrosse, Virginia 23950
Website: Rosemont Vineyards and Winery
Opening hours: 11:00 AM to 6:00 PM, Mondays to Saturday; 1:00 PM to 6:00 PM, Sundays
Price: 10 USD to 15 USD
12. Haggerty's Steakhouse
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Haggerty’s Steakhouse is definitely the place to be if you are looking for a great dinner place that serves perfectly cooked ribeye steaks. With an inviting ambiance, you will surely have an amazing time. Check out the salad bar and fill your plate with only the good stuff. Enjoy the service of their accommodating staff and allow them to make your dining experience more pleasurable.
Address: 414 Becker Dr, Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870, United States
Website: Haggerty’s Steakhouse
Opening hours: Mon - Fri: 11am - 9pm; Sat: 4:30pm - 9pm (closed on Sun)
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