Defining the Challenge
In 1996, people from the five counties along the Roanoke River in North Carolina met with others from across the state to merge their interests in this rich natural resource and in the region’s economic needs.
Facing the Realities
In 1997, this group had identified their goals, established a plan of action and incorporated as a non-profit group called Roanoke River Partners (RRP). Now, the hard work began. One of RRP’s first and biggest projects was to create a paddle/camping trail along the river and its creeks that would increase awareness of this treasure we call the Roanoke, and build infrastructure for small businesses like guides, outfitters and many others in the region, new and old. Visitors could trace the curves of the Roanoke and its tributaries, discovering the variety of wildlife and habitats it offers and enjoying the unique experience of spending a night (or more) in the breathtaking beauty of its moss-draped backswamps. In this special type of eco-tourism, the Roanoke River Paddle Trail would be the first private system of its type in the nation. No small task, for certain.
Roanoke River Partners (RRP) is an independent 501(c)(3) non-profit organization that was created to promote a positive, healthy vision and future for the historic communities that reside throughout the region – the Roanoke River, Albemarle Sound and their communities.