Put these amazing trials on your list. The entire 7.5-mile Roanoke Canal Trail follows the former Roanoke Navigation and Power Canal. See some of the most impressive and best-preserved early 19th-century canal construction, including hand-hewn stone culverts, locks, and an aqueduct that spans 35- feet in a single arch. Recently added to the NC State Park System, The Roanoke River State Trail offers northern access points in Gaston, Weldon, and Scotland Neck; experience the Amazon of NC. Medoc Mountain State Park stands on the 325-foot remnant of a once-mighty mountain range from 350 million years ago and offers 29 miles of trails.
2023 NC Year of the Trail celebrates North Carolina’s vast network of trails, greenways, and blueways which showcase our diverse landscapes – grand mountain vistas, quiet rivers, vibrant urban greenways, coastal forests, and the rolling hills of the piedmont.
NC Year of the Trail is the largest statewide celebration of trails and outdoor recreation in North Carolina history.
North Carolina is the Great Trails State, where each of North Carolina’s 100 counties should be able to enjoy the proven benefits of trails, including health, safety, economic development, tourism, transportation, and environment. Trails are the backbone of our state’s growing $28 billion outdoor recreation economy.
Along the entire 7.5-mile length of the trail that follows the former Roanoke Navigation and Power Canal, see some of the most impressive and best preserved early 19th century canal construction in the nation, including hand-hewn stone culvert, power canal bulkhead, locks, and an aqueduct that spans 35-feet in a single arch. It's one of the greatest engineering feats of the 18th century. The trail offers a free bike lending program as another way to explore! Pick up a bike at the Roanoke Canal Museum or at Riverside Mill in Weldon.
The Roanoke River State Trail is a paddle trail extending from Weldon to the Albemarle 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.
Find welcome tranquility at Medoc Mountain State Park, located in Hollister, NC, which has 20 trails, including 3 biking trails and 10 bridle trails. They even have horse-friendly equestrian campsites.
The Halifax County 4-H Rural Life Center has 6-7 miles of trails to offer to the horse, cyclist, and hiking enthusiasts alike. There are various types of terrain that suit beginners to advanced. The trails wind their way through beautiful pines and skirt around fields, offering a chance to see nature at its finest.