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Roanoke Rapids is in North Carolina.


Similar to Goldsboro and Rocky Mount, Roanoke Rapids is another former textile mill town built on the fall line where the Piedmont bedrock meets the alluvial coastal plain, in nautical terms being the point where navigation no longer becomes possible for most water craft. This demarcation made for good zones in which to build mills and storage centers and towns that went along with them, and in this case it was along the Roanoke River.

In Roanoke Rapids specifically, a canal was built to circumvent some challenges, and today this has become a popular park and trailway.

The textile operations were a big business in Roanoke Rapids up until they closed up in the latter half of the 20th century. A film was made about unionization efforts by a woman in these which was called Norma Rae.

Get in[edit]

By car. Roanoke Rapids is directly connected by highway with Rocky Mount (Interstate 95), Fayetteville (Interstate 95), and Elizabeth City (US 158).

Get around[edit]


  • 1 Roanoke Canal Museum & Trail, 15 Jackson St, +1 252-537-2769. Tu, Th, Sa 10AM-4PM. This is a fun trail because of the water features and historical value therein. The canal was used both for navigational purposes and to generate power. The trail is approximately 7.5 miles along. The museum covers the intent and stories behind the canal. $4 over age 9.







Go next[edit]

Routes through Roanoke Rapids
RichmondPetersburg  N  S  Rocky MountFayetteville
Winston-SalemHenderson ← Jct S  W  E  Elizabeth CityNags Head

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