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TNC's Roanoke Preserves are only accessible through the Chapter's field trip program. For other ways to enjoy this area, see the Visit tab. View All
ABOUT THE ROANOKE RIVER:
The Roanoke River stretches for 137 miles across North Carolina's Coastal Plain and is up to five miles wide in some places. Its floodplain contains the largest intact and least-disturbed bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem remaining in the mid-Atlantic region. The middle section of the Roanoke River is characterized by alluvial forests and large backswamps, while the lower section contains vast tracts of bald cypress and water tupelo swamp forests. The Roanoke River provides a haven for a host of plants and animals, including more than 200 bird species.
The Conservancy has worked with many public and private partners who have participated in the complex task of protecting significant natural areas along a 137-mile river corridor.
In 1989, the Conservancy purchased 10,626 acres in Bertie and Martin counties from Georgia-Pacific Corporation to create the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge and add land to the state-owned Roanoke River Wetlands. In 1994, Georgia-Pacific Corporation and the Conservancy entered into an agreement to jointly manage and protect approximately 21,000 acres on the Roanoke. And in 2006, The Nature Conservancy purchased 22,000 acres along the Roanoke from International Paper, as part of the largest-ever land conservation project in the southern United States.
PLACES TO VISIT:
RoanokeRiver.com - restaurants and places to see along the Roanoke; fishing report; paddle trail information.
A Camassia flower at TNC’s Camassia Slopes Preserve. Click on icon to enlarge image.
Learn about the rich cultural and historical landmarks along the Roanoke River.
Learn how changing flows from dams can produce benefits for people and nature.
Hiking / Birding / Canoeing / Kayaking / Boating / Camping on River Platforms / Hunting / Fishing
For information on camping on the Roanoke River Paddle Trail, visit the Roanoke River Partners website at www.roanokeriverpartners.org.
TNC's Roanoke preserves are only accessible through the Chapter's field trip program. For information on visiting the Roanoke River region, contact Chuck Peoples at our Roanoke Office: PO Box 327, Halifax, NC 27839; (252) 583-0007; firstname.lastname@example.org.
However, you may access the Roanoke River/Gardner Creek at Roberson's Marina, 25345 US Highway 64, Jamesville, NC 27846-9622; (252) 792-3583. GPS Coordinates for the marina are as follows:
For information on accessing the Roanoke River Paddle Trail, visit the Roanoke River Partners website, www.roanokeriverpartners.org.
For information on the hunting at the Roanoke River Wetlands Game Land, contact the NC Wildlife Resources Commission at (800) 662-7137 or www.ncwildlife.org
For information about the best access places on the Roanoke, visit the Roanoke River Partners' website.