Roanoke River State Trail

Map of the Trail

Map of the Roanoke River State Trail

About the Trail

Authorized in 2021, the Roanoke River State Trail is a paddle trail extending from Weldon to the Albermarle Sound.

Despite meandering through the coastal plain of North Carolina, this paddle trail offers a unique wilderness experience to all who venture along its length. While there are some opportunities for day trips on the eastern end of the river, most paddlers need to be prepared for a multiday journey on this state trail. Bear, beaver, river otter, white-tailed deer, bobcat, and over 200 bird species will keep you company on your expedition. Overhead are ancient bald cypress and tupelo trees. Riverside camping platforms make spending the night along the river a true adventure.

The tent in the RRST blaze is reminiscent of the camping platforms that are available (reservations are required) along the wilder stretches of the Roanoke.

At a Glance

0 MILES OF DESIGNATED TRAIL TO DATE

2021 YEAR ESTABLISHED

PADDLING

PLANNED USE

Nonprofit Partner

Roanoke River Partners

The Roanoke River Partners is a nonprofit organization with members from each of the five counties that the Roanoke River flows through. One of RRP's first and biggest projects was to crate a paddle/camping trail along the river and its creeks that would increase awareness of this treasure we call the Roanoke, and build infrastructure for small businesses like guides, outfitters, and many others in the region, new and old. Visitors can trace the curves of the Roanoke and its tributaries, discovering the variety of wildlife and habitats it offers and enjoying the unique experience of spending a night (or more) in the breathtaking beauty of its moss-draped back swamps. They brought eco-tourism to the Roanoke.