N.C.’s River Paddle Trail Breaks Records In 2017

Cold weather is not the only thing breaking records here along the Roanoke. We are thrilled to report our Roanoke River Paddle Trail closed out 2017 by shattering a previous record for overnight stays.

In spite of some messy weather and flooding, Paddle Trail attracted a record-breaking 1,384 stays in 2017 – our 20th anniversary year. The standing record was 1,215 in 2013, Carol Shields wrote in The Daily Herald.

What does this increase mean for our region? First of all, it means more visitors responded to our marketing messages which drew them to the natural assets in our region. Note: A good portion of these campers were first-timers.

This record-breaking number of overnight campers is an indication that more day trippers also came through our communities making their way to the Roanoke.

Typically, four to five times as many day trippers access our waterways as those who camp on the river. That projects to more than 6,000 paddlers drawn to the river bringing much needed revenues with them.

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