If you love history, the great outdoors, or both, Battle Park should be at the top of your “must see” list. When you first enter the park, you’ll quickly see and hear where the Tar River drops over the falls. As the bubbling water finds its way around the rocks at the base of the falls, then winds its way beneath the tall pines and hardwoods, it’s nice to think about how many generations before you have enjoyed this very same experience.
Battle Park is spread over 57 acres and is one of Rocky Mount’s largest parks. It is located at the “Great Falls of the Tar River,” where Aboriginal hunters once roamed and the Tuscarora hunted and fished. This site was home to settlers from Virginia well over 200 years ago and eventually became the early Rocky Mount.
You and your family and friends can hike the Tar River Trail, following the paths that lead to the original “rocky mounds,” the site of the first Rocky Mount post office.
The Park includes scenic overlooks of the Tar River, three picnic shelters, a gazebo, fishing piers, and a boat ramp.
The cemetery will be of special interest to history buffs. Many of the markers have clever epitaphs, some even quite humorous, so be sure to bring paper and charcoal to make your own tombstone rubbings. Some of the markers date back before the Civil War.
The Confederate Monument on the edge of the Park was unveiled in 1917 in memory of the Nash County soldiers known as “the Bethel Heroes.”
- 1308 Falls Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
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