Rocky Mount Housing: the Benefits of Living Near the Great Outdoors

Tar River Paddle TrailOften folks who are relocating and in search of Rocky Mount housing want to know about the outdoor activities the city has to offer. They don’t have to look far! North Carolina is among our country’s finest resources for flat-water paddling, and our own backyard here in Rocky Mount is full of waterways you can explore: our creeks and river provide an ocean of opportunity. And the best place to start is on the Tar River Paddle Trail.

The Tar River Paddle Trail is perfect for beginners and seasoned paddlists alike; it’s comprised of twelve canoe and kayak access locations that connect over 20 miles of the Tar River and Stoney Creek. Understanding the three sections of the trail will help guide your excursion.

Nash County Section

Paddlers seeking a remote section of flat water will want to explore this area. This section is just above the Rocky Mount reservoir. Jacob’s Swamp, one of the more popular access locations, is found at Mile 93.

Upper Tar River

You’ll find the Davenport grist mill dam, multiple small rapids (class 1 and class 2), rural farmland and Sunset Park all located along the Upper Tar River section of the trail. It spans from Mile 100 – Mile 108.

Lower Tar River

If you’ve been considering Rocky Mount housing and find yourself interested in our historical sites, try viewing them by kayak or canoe! In the Lower Tar River section, you’ll see Battle Park and Little Falls. You’ll also find soothing rural scenery and a few small rapids. Paddlers trying out our trail in the spring may want to bring their fishing rods. Hickory shad and striped bass end their migration along this route. You can access this part of the trail between Mile 108 and 124.

One thing all three sections have in common: the beauty of nature! You’ll feel right at home on our soothing stretches of flat water. Take in the good old Eastern North Carolina scenery with high banks - some rising 150 feet above the water – where you’ll pass by oak, sycamore, birch and cypress trees. We won’t be surprised when you fall in love with this serenity and decide to call Rocky Mount your new home.

Hornbeam Park


So whether you’re relocating to the area or you’ve called Rocky Mount home for many years, we hope you’ll put paddling the great outdoors in Nash County and Edgecombe County at the top of your bucket list. Enjoy your time on the water!

For complete paddle trail information, including safety tips and maps, click here.

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