Buck Spring Plantation Park
Just 5 minutes south of Lake Gaston off Eaton Ferry Road is is Buck Spring Plantation Park, located on Nathanial Macon Drive. Check out the historical sites, then head out on the Nature Trail (entrance to the left of the picnic/pavilion area. The nature trail meanders through the woods then ends at a dirt road. Head left down to the lake for some picturesque views from the back of Hubquarter creek. The walk will cover about 1.5 miles. Looking for a little more? Head out onto either of the two mountain bike loops - each will add 2 miles to your walk for a total trail distance of about 5.5 miles. https://www.alltrails.com/explore/trail/us/north-carolina/buck-spring-graveyard-and-rockpile-trail-loop?mobileMap=false&ref=sidebar-static-map
Phone: 252-257-3115
217 Nathaniel Macon Drive
Littleton, NC 27850
Medoc Mountain State Park
Serenity seems to pervade Medoc Mountain State Park, enhanced by gentle Fishing Creek and a scenic open meadow that spreads from the picnic grounds. Anglers and paddlers are drawn to Fishing Creek—considered to be one of the cleanest streams in the region—that flows for about 2.5 miles through the park. Some of the park’s ten miles of hiking trails wander along the creek; others climb several hundred feet to the upper reaches of Medoc Mountain. Roughly ten miles of bridle trails and trailhead parking serve equestrians. The 34-site campground has RV-friendly sites and bathhouse, and warm-weather group camp facilities are nearby. Rangers offer free interpretive programs and hikes. Medoc Mountain is the supposed home of Bigfoot! Cryptozoologists have studied the park for evidence. https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/medoc-mountain-state-park-fact-sheet.pdf https://files.nc.gov/ncparks/maps-and-brochures/medoc-mountain-state-park-map-2021.pdf
Phone: 252-586-6588
1541 Medoc State Park Rd
Hollister, NC 27844
Occoneechee State Park
About 3.1 miles of walking trails wind through woodlands throughout the park. Two self–guided interpretive trails introduce visitors to the Terrace Garden - Occoneechee Plantation site and the Tutelo Birding-Wildlife Trail. The park also has 20 miles of trails for hiking, biking and horseback riding.
Phone: 434-374-2210
1192 Occoneechee Park Rd
Clarkesville, VA 23927
Roanoke Canal Trail
https://www.roanokecanal.com/RoanokeCanalTrailM16.pdf The Roanoke Canal Trail and its contributing resources tell the history of transportation on the Roanoke River from the early 1800s to today. Segments of the canal that remain intact today include portions of the 39 foot wide channel, its 10 foot wide tow path, the original aqueduct and one of the stone culverts. In 1976, the canal, the tow path, and the canal structures were added to the National Register of Historic Places. The towpath and bottom of the canal provide pedestrian access between the communities of Roanoke Rapids and Weldon, North Carolina. The Roanoke Canal Commission, Inc. was chartered in 1984 to “promote, develop and maintain the natural beauty and historic area that is part of the old Roanoke Navigation Canal in Halifax County, North Carolina.” The Commission has remained intact over the years and oversees the management of the Canal Trail through a variety of partnerships. Visitors using the Canal Trail can experience engineering feats and explore life along the Roanoke Valley as it was in the early 1800s. The canal and the supporting structures are a living legacy to the early years of transportation, the engineering profession, and a developing way of life along the Roanoke River.
Phone: 252-537-2769
15 Jackson St Ext
Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870
Sylvan Heights Bird Park
Sylvan Heights Bird Park is designed to give visitors an unforgettable up-close experience with over 2,000 waterfowl, parrots, toucans, flamingos, and other exotic birds from around the world. Open to the public since October 2006, the 18-acre facility features spacious, walk- through aviaries displaying birds from South America, North America, Europe, Africa, Asia and Australia. The aviaries are surrounded by tranquil gardens and lush natural areas, which enhance the beauty of the birds on exhibit and immerse visitors in native North Carolina wildlife habitat.
Phone: 252-826-3186
500 Sylvan Heights Park Way
Scotland Neck, NC 27874
Tobacco Heritage Trail
You don’t need a passport to enjoy an excursion on the Tobacco Heritage Trail. Surrounded by unspoiled woods, tobacco farms that have been passed from one generation to the next, and friendly little towns, the Tobacco Heritage Trail is the path to your outdoor recreation and relaxation. Explore the natural environment found on this Southern Virginia rail-trail on foot, bicycle, or horse and journey back to the history and culture of a simpler time. Our trail is your trail; come on in and make yourself at home.
Phone: 434-447-7101
Office: 200 S Mecklenburg Ave
South Hill, VA 23970