Tusca Landing is currently
RRP's farthest upper river platform and offers some unique
exploration opportunities. It features an open camping platform as
well as a covered, screened platform and has an in-ground toilet (no
bucket needed) nearby. The campsite is tucked into a picturesque
bend in the river surrounded by trees, but next to an open field.
Each platform is 14' x 16'.
Walk less than 125 yards
from the camping platform, and you will see a marker for the NC
Civil War Trail on the bluff of the river. This marker denotes the
area in the Roanoke River where the waters were deep enough for the
outfitting of the Civil War ironclad, the CSS Albemarle, in 1863-4.
The Albemarle was one of the most successful of the ironclads,
sinking 29 Federal vessels before being torpedoed and sunk near
Plymouth on October 27, 1864.
Walk approximately one-half mile from here to the
State Historic Site. There is a Visitors Center with exhibits and a
brief movie. Take a walking tour of nine historic structures,
including a tavern, tap room, jail, clerk's office, archaeological
structure and private homes. Have a picnic in market square. Walk
through a revolutionary-era cemetery. Take photos by one of the
oldest and largest paper mulberry trees in America.
Once you have toured the Historic Site, be sure to take a stroll
along King Street into downtown
About Tusca Landing's
GPS N 36O
20.220' W 77O
Platform GPS Location