Battle Park

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.”

Belmont Lake Preserve

Belmont Lake features five sets of tees on each hole, playing 7,085 yards from the back tees and 4,900 yards from the front tees. There is a balance of dogleg lefts, dogleg rights, straight holes, large greens, small greens, and a wonderful variety of hole lengths.
  • 201 Belmont Club Way, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)973-0800
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Brewer’s Speedway

1/8 mile asphalt strip open on Friday nights (except first Friday night of each month) with racing from April through October. If it’s horsepower you love, then you’ll want to make a night of it at Brewer’s Speedway. Be sure to call ahead for rain cancellations.
  • 6728 Reedy Branch Rd, Rocky Mount, NC 27803
  • (252)446-2631
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Carolina Mudcats Stadium

If you’re visiting our area during baseball season, you’ll want to take in a Mudcats game. The Carolina Mudcats, a minor league baseball team based in Zebulon, North Carolina, are currently members of the Carolina League and are the Class A-Advanced affiliate of the Atlanta Braves. They play their home games at Five County Stadium and draw crowds from Nash, Wake, Franklin, Wilson and Johnston counties. It’s a beautiful baseball park and includes “Cattails,” a fine dining restaurant, luxury suites, picnic areas for family gatherings, a 60-foot tall scoreboard and a 300 square foot video board. Check out the Mudcats website for the home game schedule.
  • 1501 NC-39, Zebulon, NC 27597
  • Box Office: (919)269-2287
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Carolina Precision Firearms

Patrons interested in using the firing range must possess a valid concealed carry permit and driver’s license or a valid handgun purchase permit. Please contact CPF at (252)442-1007 for more information regarding use of the firing range.
  • 2725 North Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)442-1007
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Chuck E. Cheese’s

  • 730 Sutters Creek Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)443-5267
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City Lake

The much-loved fountain sitting at the middle of City Lake sets a beautiful stage for joggers and walkers on the half-mile concrete path surrounding the lake. Other, less energetic, souls will enjoy the serene, peaceful atmosphere of the lake as they relax under the tall hardwoods and pines. Feeding the exotic waterfowl is always a favorite activity of adults and children alike. When ducklings were once considered popular pets, many a grown duck found its way to City Lake. Other amenities include a gazebo, piers, and a bridge to the island. This man-made lake was first constructed as a Works Progress Administration (WPA) project under President Franklin D. Roosevelt’s administration and was completed in 1937. The lake has undergone many facelifts over the years with a complete beautification project concluded in 1993.
  • Lake Drive at Sunset Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1151
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Country Doctor Museum

Chartered in 1967 to honor the “old family doctor,” this museum, an extension of East Carolina University, consists of the restored offices of two country doctors who practiced medicine from 1857-1887. Medical and apothecary artifacts remind visitors how medical science has progressed. The museum is open Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-4pm.

County Line Raceway (Wilson County)

  • 6953 Stagecoach Road, Elm City, NC 27822
  • (252)985-1949
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Cypress Lake, Par 3

Cypress Lake Golf Course is a challenging par 3 course and driving range. The course is open year-round, is lighted for night play, and has a club rental shop.
  • 236 Old Wilson Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
  • (252)886-0804

Denton Street Swimming Pool

During the hot summer months, there’s nothing quite like a dip in the Denton Street Pool. It features eight 25-yard competition lanes, zero-depth entry, spray-ground elements, water slides, diving boards, and a bathhouse. The pool is open from late May – early September annually.

The pool is owned and operated by the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, and all visitors are welcome.
  • 1434 Denton Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
  • (252)977-6321
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Englewood Park

This 18.5-acre park is located on Forest Hill Avenue and Old Mill Road. It has a lighted softball/baseball field, soccer field, Little League baseball field, and a lighted basketball court. If tennis is your game, you’ll also find four lighted tennis courts. In addition, this park offers two picnic shelters, playground equipment and a ¼-mile walking trail.
  • 300 Old Mill Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27803

Four Sisters’ Gallery at Wesleyan College

The Four Sisters' Gallery is located in the Thomas J. Pearsall Building and is open for viewing Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or by appointment. All art exhibitions are free to the public.
  • 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)985-5268
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Grover Lucas Park

This 10.5-acre park includes a playground, play field, picnic shelter, two lighted Little League fields, a basketball court, and restrooms.
  • 551 South Halifax Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1151
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Harrison Family YMCA

The new 2-story, 80,000 square foot Rocky Mount Family YMCA facility on Independence Road includes an 8-lane competition pool, warm water therapy tank, teen center, after school care center, 2 racquetball courts, 3 basketball courts, a gymnastics area, rock climbing wall, indoor track, aerobics center, wellness center with weight machines and free weights; and locker rooms for men, women, boys, girls, and families.
  • 1000 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)937-9622
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Martin Luther King Jr. Park

This site honors the memory of the legendary civil rights leader whose "I have a dream" speech was first delivered at Rocky Mount's Booker T. Washington High School on November 7, 1962. The 28-acre park features the Martin Luther King Memorial, paths, benches, fields for walking or picnicking, and two picnic shelters.
  • 800 East Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801

Mims Gallery at Wesleyan College

The Mims Gallery at NC Wesleyan College is located in the Dunn Center and is open for viewing Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm, or when open for shows.
  • 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)985-5268
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Mini Putt Indoor Golf

Great for birthday parties! Features video games, redemption (ticket) games, air hockey, 18-hole indoor mini golf, kiddie rides, and pool tables.
  • 900 Benvenue Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-3883
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Nash Arts Council

Located in the heart of historic downtown Nashville, you'll find one of the area's most unique cultural attractions - the Nash County Arts Council. Previously a Baptist church, circa 1914, the center is an excellent example of Romanesque Revival style and features some of Nash County's finest stage performers, musicians, and artists.
  • 100 East Washington Street, Nashville, NC 27856
  • (252)459-4734
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Nash County Farmer’s Market

Locally grown farm fresh fruits and produce, homemade jams and pickles, fresh flowers, plus local farm grown fish and country meat products make the Farmer’s Market the place to be!

The Farmer’s Market is open April-October on Wednesdays, 8am-12pm, and Saturdays, 8am-12pm.
  • 1006 Peachtree Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)478-4819
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Northgreen Country Club

A sprawling 6,900 yard layout brings new meaning to the word par. The former site of many Atlantic Coast Conference Championships, Northgreen is only a 10-minute drive from anywhere in the City.
  • 900 Northgreen Lane, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)446-7224
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Peachtree Hills Country Club

Established in 1954, Peachtree is a fun 9-hole regulation course located at the Peachtree Hills Country Club. From the longest tees, it offers 2,718 yards of golf for a par of 35. The course is open Tuesday-Sunday, 9am-until.
  • 3512 Peachtree Hills Road, Spring Hope, NC 27882
  • (252)478-5745

Picnic Shelters

18 parks in Rocky Mount provide picnic shelters for families, groups and non-profit activities. Please contact the Parks and Recreation Department to make a reservation; otherwise, sites are available on a first-come, first-serve basis.
Englewood Park
  • 1331 Stonewall Lane, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
This 18-1/2-acre park is located on Forest Hill Avenue and Old Mill Road. It has a lighted softball/baseball field, soccer field, Little League baseball field, two picnic shelters, playground equipment, ¼ mile trail, four lighted tennis courts, and a lighted basketball court.
Martin Luther King Jr. Park
  • 800 East Virginia Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
This 28-acre park is located on Leggett Road and is bounded by Virginia Street to the south. It features the Martin Luther King Memorial, paths, benches, fields for walking or picnicking, and two picnic shelters.
Rocky Mount Sports Complex
  • 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
This complex officially opened in March of 2007 and has six youth baseball fields, four softball fields, one large baseball field, eight soccer fields, two concession areas with bathrooms, umpire lounges, electronic scoreboards, two outdoor basketball courts, horseshoe pits, walking trail, and a picnic shelter.
Stith-Talbert Park
  • 729 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27801
This 28.33 acre park located on Tar River, Spruce and Atlantic Avenue has playground equipment, three picnic shelters/grill, lights and electrical outlets, two lighted basketball court, concession stand/restrooms, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis backboard, a fishing pier, a Little League field, one lighted baseball field, and one lighted soccer field, concrete entertainment stage with electrical outlets, walking/bike trail.
Sunset Park
  • 1550 River Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
This 25-acre park located off Sunset Avenue on Taylor Street and River Drive beside Tar River is the city's main park. It features a mini train, merry-go-round, concession stands, two lighted basketball courts, a boat ramp, four picnic shelters (with numerous other picnic sites), a little league field, 11 lighted tennis courts, a spray park, and a tennis backboard.
Three Sisters Park
  • 221 Walter Drive, Battleboro, NC 27809
This 16-acre park located in the community of Battleboro has a multipurpose field, picnic shelter, playground and tot lot, a walking trail and two basketball courts.
  • 252-972-1151

Rocky Mount Dog Park

Opening April 11, 2015, the Rocky Mount Dog Park will be an off-leash area offering a recreation and park setting for dog lovers and owners to enjoy. The park will consist of nine acres divided into three fenced areas: one for small dogs and two for large dogs. The off-leash area will be open from dawn to dusk except for scheduled maintenance.
  • 1301 Dawson Place, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1151

Rocky Mount Fire Museum

The original No. 2 Rocky Mount Station is home to over 100 years of Rocky Mount Fire Department history. The museum houses a wooden fire main, old photographs of firefighters, the City's first fire alarm system, and other mementos. A main display is a horse-drawn steam engine built in 1878 and used in Rocky Mount from 1896-1922. The museum is open Monday-Friday, 9am-5pm.
  • 404 South Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1376
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Rocky Mount Sports Complex

Owned and operated by the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, the Rocky Mount Sports Complex is dedicated to providing the highest level of customer service to the citizens of Rocky Mount and surrounding regions by providing quality facilities, exceptional staff, and a professional level of maintenance. The complex hosts local Parks and Recreation leagues, as well as a full slate of regional, state, and national sporting events annually.
  • 600 Independence Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)467-6483
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Shooter’s Indoor Sports Range

Patrons interested in using the firing range must possess a valid drivers license and pass a written safety test. Please call for more information regarding use.
  • 141 North Business Park, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)977-9878
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Sky-Vue Skateland

  • 2930 North Raleigh Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)442-7418

Spring Hope Historical Museum

The Spring Hope Historical Museum is sponsored and maintained by the Spring Hope Historical Association and is dedicated to the premise that a preservation of the past is a true legacy for the generations to come. The museum is open Saturday and Sunday, 3pm-5pm.
  • 400 West Main Street, Spring Hope, NC 27882
  • (252)478-5610

Star City Skate & Play

  • 1131 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)407-8322
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Stith-Talbert Park

This 28.33 acre park has playground equipment, three picnic shelters/grill, lights and electrical outlets, two lighted basketball courts, concession stand/restrooms, four lighted tennis courts, a tennis backboard, a fishing pier, a Little League field, one lighted baseball field, one lighted soccer field, concrete entertainment stage with electrical outlets, and walking/bike trail.
  • 729 Pennsylvania Avenue, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1151
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Stonewall Manor

Circa 1830, Bennett Bunn, the builder of Stonewall Manor, was a wealthy plantation owner and businessman. In addition to his large holdings in Nash and Edgecombe counties, he owned many of the buildings in the little village at the Great Falls of the Tar River- which at the time had become known as Rocky Mount. Serving all of what was then Rocky Mount, the ledger from Big Falls remains inside Stonewall Manor and can be viewed today in its original form.

With cotton as one of the main crops on Stonewall’s plantation, Bunn also had direct dealings with Battle & Company (Rocky Mount Mills), one of the first cotton mills in the South. His property bordered the mill. Along with these business dealings, Bunn also owned stock in the Wilmington and Raleigh Railroad; a railroad crossing much of Bunn's land immediately north of the Tar River and connecting Rocky Mount with Weldon, NC, with the tracks pointed towards Virginia and the industrial north.

Stonewall Manor is open to the public by appointment only.
  • 1331 Stonewall Lane, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)442-0063
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Sunset Park


This 25-acre park is located off Sunset Avenue on Taylor Street and River Drive beside the Tar River. Boasted as the City’s main park; amenities include: a skate park, miniature train, merry-go-ground, concession stand, two lighted basketball courts, a boat ramp, four picnic shelters, a Little League field, 11 lighted tennis courts, a spray ground, and a tennis backboard.

 

The Carousel at Sunset Park The Sunset Carousel, built in the 1920s and installed at Sunset Park in 1952, is one of 21 surviving “County Fair” style carousels. This carousel was built to be moved from fairground to fairground and is of a smaller scale. Its horses are characterized as having flattened ears and lacking elements that would become damaged with frequent moving. The Carousel was badly damaged in the flood following Hurricane Floyd in 1999, but has since been completely restored.
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The Miniature Train at Sunset Park The miniature train has been in Sunset Park since the 1950's. It was renovated in early 1999 by Consolidated Diesel employees who also painted it with the authentic colors of the original Atlantic Coast Line train it represents.
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The Skate Park At Sunset Park Owned and operated by the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, the Skate Park is one of many amenities located at Sunset Park. This 25-acre park is the City’s main park and also features a miniature train, merry-go-ground, concession stand, two lighted basketball courts, a boat ramp, four picnic shelters, a Little League field, 11 lighted tennis courts, a spray ground, and a tennis backboard.
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The Spray Park At Sunset Park Owned and operated by the City of Rocky Mount Parks and Recreation Department, the Spray Park features 10 computer-controlled water spray fountains within a traditional playground structure and is one of many amenities located at Sunset Park . This 25-acre park is the City’s main park and also features a skate park, miniature train, merry-go-ground, concession stand, two lighted basketball courts, a boat ramp, four picnic shelters, a Little League field, 11 lighted tennis courts, and a tennis backboard.
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  • 1550 River Drive, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)972-1151
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Sylvan Heights Bird Park

  • 500 Sylvan Heights Park Way, Scotland Neck, NC 27874
  • Mailing Address: P.O. Drawer 368, Scotland Neck, NC 27874
  • (252)826-3186
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Tar River Paddle Trail

Canoeists can explore the Tar River Paddle Trail. The trail is comprised of ten canoe and kayak access locations that connect over 50 miles of the Tar River and Stony Creek.

Tar River Philharmonic Orchestra and Chorus at Wesleyan College

Founded in 1986, the Tar River Orchestra and Chorus has grown to include not only a professional orchestra and adult chorus, but also a children's chorus, youth strings program, symphonic band, and a swing band.
  • 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)985-3055
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Tar River Reservoir

Water sports of all kinds, boat ramps, fishing, and just plain outdoor enjoyment. Boat ramps are located at Bend of the River Road and Sapony Creek.

Tar River Trail

The Tar River Trail is a 3.9 mile long walking/biking trail near the center of Rocky Mount. The trail follows the southern bank of the Tar River from City Lake to Martin Luther King, Jr. Park. In between, the trail passes through several city landmarks, including Sunset and Battle Parks.

The Bowling Center

Features 24 synthetic lanes, automatic scoring, snack bar, a game room, pro shop, meeting room, and Xtreme Bowling.
  • 3250 North Church Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)446-9557
  • (252)446-7707
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The Dunn Center for the Performing Arts at Wesleyan College

One of the region's finest treasures is NC Wesleyan College, a four-year, liberal arts college. The executive offices are located in a restored late federal plantation house called "Bellemonte," circa 1826, which is also on the National Register of Historic Places. The college hosts numerous lecture series and symposiums throughout the year. The beautiful Dunn Center hosts some of the finest cultural entertainment found in the area.
  • 3400 North Wesleyan Boulevard, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)985-5197
  • (800)303-5097
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The Historic Train Station

The original Romanesque building was constructed in 1903 with two stories added by 1916. Today the building houses The Rocky Mount Area Chamber of Commerce and Nash County Visitors Bureau offices, with an Amtrak ticket office on the ground floor. On the side of the transportation center are several refurbished train cars.
  • 100 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804

The Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences

A true cultural complex, the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences is located in both newly constructed and in rehabilitated historic tobacco factory buildings, covering a full city block in Downtown Rocky Mount. The Centre houses the Arts Center, Children's Museum, and Science Center. Both educational and lots of fun for the entire family. Come once and you'll want to come again and again.  
Buck Leonard Exhibit The Buck Leonard Exhibit is located in the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences. It contains artifacts from Buck Leonard's playing career and personal items that depict his accomplishments over a lifetime. Buck Leonard is a member of the Baseball Hall of Fame.
The Children's Museum And Science Center Housed within the Imperial Centre for the Arts and Sciences in Downtown Rocky Mount, the Children’s Museum and Science Center is the hub of exploration and adventure; housing North Carolina’s first digital planetarium, permanent and rotating art exhibits, a puppet theatre, live animal habitats and a NC Coastal “living” marsh.
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The Maria V. Howard Arts Center Located at the Imperial Centre for Arts and Sciences, the Maria V. Howard Arts Center includes three main components: a visual arts building with nine rotating art galleries, a theatre, and an education center that are always buzzing with activity. The Art Center's permanent collection includes over 400 pieces of art, many of which are by NC artists. Additionally, the Gallery Shop sells a wide variety of clay, glass, accessories, and more. The Maria V. Howard Arts Center is a perfect place for all ages and interest to experience and learn!
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The Theatre At The Imperial Centre The Theatre, a 300-seat facility, is home to one of the state's finest community theater groups. Local and traveling productions range from the best of Broadway to nationally known musical and theatrical performers.
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Three Sisters Park

The 16-acre park located in the community of Battleboro has a multi-purpose field, picnic shelter, playground and a tot lot, a walking trail, and two basketball courts.
  • 221 Walter Drive, Battleboro, NC 27809

Twin County Hall of Fame

First organized in 2003, the Twin County Museum and Hall of Fame is currently located on the first floor of the historic train station in downtown Rocky Mount. Its purpose is to preserve the history of the Twin Counties and to recognize and honor the citizens of Nash and Edgecombe counties who have made broad and lasting contributions to the betterment of the community or who have brought recognition to the community through their accomplishments.

The Hall of Fame has limited hours and is open by appointment.
  • 100 Coastline Street, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • (252)977-1438
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UEC Theatres 14

  • 1000 Benvenue Road, Rocky Mount, NC 27804
  • Info: (252)937-9622
  • Business: (252)446-3668
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