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Roanoke Rapids is the largest municipality in the Roanoke Valley Region. It was incorporated in 1897 and began as a cotton mill town with one mill located on the banks of the Roanoke River. Small mill houses still remain today.

Roanoke Rapids was featured in "USA Today" newspaper 6/2004. It was described as a small-town that went 'micropolitan" - meaning not quite rural or metro, that has newly minted areas that are ripe for growth. The cover story gave some history of the town and encourages market developers to come and take a look at the small city that is growing rapidly.

To the right is a picture of "Premier Landing" This includes Super Wal-Mart, Curves, UPS, Dollar Store, etc. On the opposite side is fast food restaurants, Star Bucks coffee shop and the Roanoke Valley Chamber of Commerce & Tourism building (Visitor's Center)
Chamber of Commerce

Tourism and the Visitors Center

More fine stores are listed on the page "Businesses" above. These are located on Roanoke Avenue (Main Street) in the center of town. This area is going through a renovation period and will include brick walkways and new lights.

In the year 2007, Roanoke Rapids changed from a former mill town to an entertainment mecca. Roanoke Rapids Theatre is in full swing with singers from all over the country. A Christmas show included Charlie Daniels and his band, plus the theater's own musicians. The famous Mickey Rooney appeared in March! COMING IN MAY - JEFF FOXWORTHY!!
Click here for a link & complete listing of shows at The Roanoke Rapids Theatre
Roanoke Rapids Theatre

More than 700 acres off of Rte. 95, will be developed in stages. Now there is an outdoor theater called "Carolina Crossroads", This is open in the Fall, Spring and Summer. Last year Willie Nelson and friends appeared on the stage to nearly 30,000 people.

Click here for a complete listing of events coming to the Carolina Crossroads.Carolina Crossroads

The Roanoke River Canal Locks, on the Jackson Street Extension, has the remains of a set of locks used to lift and lower barges along the canal. Built in the 1820's, the facility is now the location of a Railroad Museum. (The Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail)

The Museum has something to offer visitors of all ages. There's a picnic area, on site, for use as an outdoor classroom, meeting location or gathering place. Inside are interactive exhibits about the Canal's construction and impact on our community's development. Learn the details regarding how the Canal system worked, including the locks and aqueducts.
The Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail

Twin Magnolias B&B is also 3 blocks from the Roanoke Canal Trail. (the entrance is to the left of the museum) This is a nature lover's delight. The entire length of the trail is about 7 1/2 miles from the Roanoke Rapids Dam to Weldon's Wildlife Landing. There are several access areas where you can leave the trail.

Twin Magnolias B&B is also located near the river, where there is fine fishing.

This is the Rockfish Capital of the World. It is considered by many fishermen to be one of the best fishing places anywhere. The best times for the striper, on the Roanoke River are from mid-March to mid-June. Inquire at the B&B for Guide Services and rentals, plus more information on Landings, etc.

Twenty minutes takes you into Littleton and then our beautiful lake Gaston. This is a 20,000 acre man-made lake with 350 miles of shore line. The lake has great fishing, boating, swimming and marinas.

There are excellent golf courses in the area:
Some are private, semi-private or public. Check with the B&B for more information before planning to go. Ten minutes from the Twin Magnolias is the Chockoyotte Country Club and a beautiful course. You would need to call to see if Tee times are available. To see the area, go to Chockoyotte Country Club

Hickory Meadows Golf Courseis one of the public golf courses and is 3/4 hr. drive from the Twin Magnolias B&B. It has 18 Holes and Driving Range and is called Hickory Meadows, right off Rte 95, exit 150 in Whitakers, NC (click above for their web site).

SIDE TRIPS FROM ROANOKE RAPIDS (and approximate driving time) INCLUDE:
* Local scheduled Festivals and Events (seasonal)
* Area Arts and Crafts shops - 15 to 30 minutes
*The Centre at Halifax Community College
Classic entertainment for the whole family - Weldon, 10 minutes.
*The Lakeland Theatre
Busest community theater in America - Littleton, 20 Minutes.

*Historical Halifax
Heart of the Revolution (Guided tours, colonial history told in living color at their Visitor's Center)- 20 minutes.
* Colonial Williamsburg & Busch Gardens, Williamsburg, VA - 2 1/2 hrs.
* Fine ocean beaches, Wrightsville Beach and the USS North Carolina Battleship Memorial, Wilmington - 3 hrs.

Local vacation brochures are available at the B&B and the Visitors Center at 260 Premier Blvd., Roanoke Rapids.