Introduction to Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina
Roanoke Rapids, North Carolina is 37 miles N of Rocky Mount, North Carolina (center to center) and 72 miles NE of Raleigh, North Carolina. It is in Halifax county. The population of the city is 16,957.
Roanoke Rapids History
Early white settlers arrived at Roanoke Valley in the early 1700s. They were mostly English colonists who moved southward from Virginia. The fertile bottomlands of Roanoke Valley were ideal for farming. This led to the development of a plantation system. The area earned a reputation as being one of the best fishing spots in the world. Roanoke Rapids was named because of its location along the Roanoke River.
Roanoke Rapids and nearby Attractions
- Roanoke Rapids Lake Park
- Roanoke Canal Trail and Museum
- The Centennial Park
- Historic Halifax
- Autumn Ridge Alpaca Farms
- Farmer's Market
Things To Do In Roanoke Rapids
Roanoke Rapids is famous for several historical sites. The Roanoke Rapids High School building, which began operating in 1921, is still in use and represents many elements of Tudor Revival and Elizabethan Gothic architecture through its castle-like facade. The Roanoke Canal Museum is situated in a former canal lock building and is dedicated to the former shipping canal built in the 18th century. Roanoke Rapids Lake Park is a recreational area that spreads over 12 acres and offers facilities for swimming, picnicking, and fitness activities.
Roanoke Rapids Transportation
Flights can be availed from Richmond International Airport.
Roanoke Rapids Higher Education
Higher studies can be pursued at Vance-Granville Community College, Virginia State University, and John Tyler Community College.