David Griffin
Outdoor Recreation
PO Box 1180
Rocky Mount, NC, 27802-1180

Paddle and Walking Trails

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Tar River Trail

The Rocky Mount the Parks & Recreation Department oversees a system of parks and trails near the center of Rocky Mount. The 7.1 mile City Trail System links several large parks comprising nearly 300 acres of parkland. Starting in Sunset Park and following the Tar River through Battle Park, crossing the river into Stith-Talbert Park, the trails travels into Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. Near South Church Street, a connector trail travels north to the Rocky Mount Sports Complex and Athletic Stadium.

Tar River Paddle Trail

Explore the waterways of Rocky Mount on the Tar River Paddle Trail. The trail is comprised of ten canoe and kayak access locations that connect over 55 miles of the Tar River and Stony Creek.

The green rectangles marked NC, UT, LT, and TT on the map above correspond to the large trail maps noted as Nash County, Upper Tar, Lower Tar, and Tarboro respectively (shown below). The red rectangle shown on the large maps marks the exclusion zone above the Tar Falls dam. See the map legend for details.