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Rocky Mount is a city in North Carolina. Its dawning days were more or less centered around cotton mills in the early 19th century, though it was settled as early as the 1700s by Europeans. Eventually tobacco became the prized crop and warehouses and rail stations sprung up to export this commodity. Rocky Mount, though with a reputation tarnished somewhat by crime and urban decay, is the birthplace of Mike Tyson and Hardee's fast food restaurants and where Jim Thorpe debuted with the Rocky Mountain Railroaders and Jack Kerouac wrote parts of "The Dharma Bums" during his visits there.

Get in


By car. Rocky Mount is directly connected by highway with Roanoke Rapids (Interstate 95), Fayetteville (Interstate 95), Raleigh (US 64), Tarboro (US 64), and Wilson (US 301).

By plane. The nearest commercial airport serving the area is Pitt–Greenville Airport (PGV IATA).

Get around





  • 1 Battle Park, 270 Gay St (entrance off Battlepark Lane), +1 252-972-1151. Daily 6AM-9PM. This park allows you to see the falls and "rocky mounds" on the Tar River for which Rocky Mount was named, as well as the Rocky Mount Mills, the cotton mill from the town's early days built in 1816 that has been redeveloped into breweries and other space. You can also access the 7-mile long Tar River Trail here that crosses an impressively long wooden suspension bridge to the southeast.
  • 2 Dunn Center For The Performing Arts at North Carolina Wesleyan College, 3400 N Wesleyan Blvd, +1 252-985-5197. Catch a performance here among options that include the Wesleyan Players productions and concerts of the Tar River Swing Band and Orchestra.
  • Watch the North Carolina Wesleyan College's Battling Bishops play NCAA sports.







Koi Pond Brewing Company also at the Rocky Mount Mills.



Go next

Routes through Rocky Mount
Washington, D.C.Petersburg  N  S  WilsonFayetteville
Washington, D.C.Petersburg  N  S  FayettevilleSavannah
Washington, D.C.Petersburg  N  S  RaleighSavannah
RichmondRoanoke Rapids  N  S  WilsonFayetteville
RaleighZebulon  W  E  TarboroNags Head

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