Explore local history and find outdoor things to do in Roanoke Rapids

Stay near lakes, parks, and the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge when you book a room or suite at the Country Inn & Suites, Roanoke Rapids. You can find a variety of family-friendly things to do just a short drive from the hotel, including swimming, fishing, and hiking at Lake Gaston and Roanoke Rapids Lake. If you’re in the mood for a picnic, head over to River Falls Park Trailhead, which offers shelters, a playground, and expansive views of the Roanoke River—all less than 10 minutes from the hotel. For a great day trip, you can drive to either Richmond, VA or Raleigh, NC, both located about an hour and 20 minutes away via I-95.

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Lake Gaston

10.9 mi / 17.54 km from the hotel
This 20,000-acre lake on the border between North Carolina and Virginia offers swimming, boating, and fishing. Visit the day-use area to access the public beach, fishing pier, and boat ramp.

Halifax State Historic Site

7.5 mi / 12.07 km from the hotel
Stop at the visitor center to see a 13-minute film that kicks off a self-guided tour of an American Revolution–era tavern, an early 19th-century jail, and an Underground Railroad trail.

Medoc Mountain State Park

18.53 mi / 29.83 km from the hotel
Hikers can enjoy 10 miles of trails that meander along Fishing Creek and Medoc Mountain. Bike and bridle trails are available as well as fishing and paddling areas in the creek. Picnic grounds overlook a scenic meadow.

Roanoke Canal Museum and Trail

3.02 mi / 4.86 km from the hotel
Discover how the Roanoke Canal was built and then transformed into the hydroelectric power resource and greenway that it is today. You can walk or borrow a bike to explore the trail’s historical structures and natural beauty.

Roanoke Rapids Lake - Day Use Park

3.79 mi / 6.1 km from the hotel
Enjoy a day at 4,600-acre Roanoke Rapids Lake when you visit this public park. The lakefront area offers swimming, hiking trails, a playground, disc golf, fishing, and picnic spots. A boat launch and a dock are available.

Roanoke Rapids Theatre

2.08 mi / 3.34 km from the hotel
Get tickets to a show at this 1,500-seat entertainment venue, which hosts musical acts along with festivals, comedy shows, plays, magic shows, and murder-mystery dinners. You’ll also appreciate the theater’s concessions and full bar.

River Falls Park

2.18 mi / 3.51 km from the hotel
Set along the beautiful Roanoke River, this public park makes a great spot for a picnic or an afternoon spent testing your kayaking skills on the rapids at Weldon Boat Landing. The grounds also include shelters, a playground, and a walking trail.