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Tar River Paddle Trail (NC)

Location: Rocky Mount, NC (northeast NC)
Waterway: Tar River, Stony Creek
Length: 20 miles

Explore the waterways of Rocky Mount, North Carolina on the Tar River Paddle Trail.

The trail is comprised of ten canoe and kayak access locations that connect over 20 miles of the Tar River and Stony Creek.

The green rectangles marked NC, UT, and LT on the map above correspond to the River sections noted as Nash County, Upper Tar, and Lower Tar respectively. Larger more detailed maps of each segment and additional information are available at:

  • Nash County Section
    Old Bailey Highway to NC Highway 58
    Mile 88.5 to mile 94.5
    The Nash County section may be accessed via the following access locations: Old Bailey Highway Access and Highway 58 Access. Paddlers seeking a remote section of flat water may consider paddling this area. Jacob's Swamp, located at Mile 93, is accessible by a small cut on river left. This section of the river is just above the Rocky Mount reservoir; occasional motor boat traffic may be encountered.

  • Upper Tar River
    Rocky Mount Reservoir Dam to Peachtree Street
    Mile 100- mile 108.5
    The Upper Tar section may be accessed via the following access locations: Reservoir Dam, Lamon's Ferry, Nashville Road, Sunset Park and Peachtree Street. The route is highlighted by the Davenport grist mill dam, multiple small rapids (I-II), rural farmland and Sunset Park located along the route.

  • Lower Tar River
    Battle Park to Dunbar NC Wildlife Boat Ramp
    Mile 108.5 - Mile 124.5
    The Lower Tar may be accessed via the following access locations: Battle Park, Neville Lane, Hwy 97 and NC Wildlife Boat Ramp at Dunbar. Paddlers may enjoy the history of Battle Park, Little Falls, rural scenery and small rapids along this route. If paddling in the Spring, paddlers may consider bringing a fishing rod, as American and Hickory shad as well as Striped bass end their migration along this route.

Contact Info:

City of Rocky Mount
Outdoor Recreation
PO Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC, 27802-1180

Phone: 252-972-1235

Website: Watertrail Index

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