8th Annual Roanoke River Ramble November 5, 2016
$25 – $35
8th Annual Roanoke River Ramble November 5, 2016

8th Annual Roanoke River Ramble November 5, 2016

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100 Rockfish Drive

100 Rockfish Drive

Weldon, NC 27890

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The Town of Weldon, Halifax County Convention and Visitor Bureau, and Roanoke River Partners want to invite you to join us for the 8th annual Roanoke River Ramble. Because of high water flows from Hurricane Matthew it has been postponed to Saturday November 5, 2016!  On Saturday November 5 paddlers will gather at River Falls Park in Weldon for a light breakfast. Then we’ll launch for nine miles of beautiful Roanoke River fall colors. Ducks, geese, eagles, ospreys, herons, wild turkeys, and other birds may be seen along the way.  Occassionly, otters beavers, deer, and other unique wildlife can be seen. Who, knows, you may be the one to spot a bald eagle against a vibrant fall sky.

 We’ll end at the Halifax Fishing Club, where  once again the Fishing Club will have some hot, homemade Brunswick stew and cornbread ready for us at their renovated 'ole barn' on the banks of the mighty Roanoke.  As you eat, you can enjoy the traditional bluegrass sounds of "The Hammers".  With a name like that, you know they are 'hard workin' and good.  Come join us for a great day.  Also, please help us pass the word along to other potential paddlers.  Let's make it a great and festive day.

 Registration includes a commemorative t-shirt, Saturday lunch, and coffee and snacks before the paddle launches on Saturday.  Proceeds from the event will help support paddling on the Roanoke River!  On line registration is preferred and Registration forms can be obtained at the Weldon Town Hall 109 Washington Avenue Weldon, NC, or the Halifax County Tourism office at 260 Premier Boulevard Roanoke Rapids, NC 27870 or at http://historicweldonnc.com/index.php  or http://www.visithalifax.com/ .  For questions or more information call 252-365-2011 or email: cwicker@visithalifax.com


Q: Where is Weldon, NC? 

  • A: Weldon is located in North Carolina about 10 miles south of the Virginia border on I-95. It is easily reached and only 90 minutes from Richmond, Raleigh, Greenville, or Suffolk. The short drive makes this a great paddle to easily come enjoy.

Q: Where does the paddle start and where is check in?

  • A: Saturday Paddle- Weldon to Halifax on the Roanoke River. All paddlers check in at River Falls Park, 100 Rockfish Drive, Weldon, NC. (This is just off of Highway 301). Paddlers will drop off their boats first then drive to Halifax to leave their vehicle and ride the shuttle back. Check in opens at 7:30 am. Paddlers should check in by 8:15 am. The vehicle shuttle is about 15 miles round trip and takes 30 - 40 minutes. Clear and specific directions for the free shuttle will be provided.

Q: Where can I stay? 

  • A: Hotel Options featuring special Ramble Rates (Room rates based on availability). Be sure to ask for the Roanoke River Ramble Rate. 

  • Hampton Inn                  Rate $109 plus tax     (252) 537-7555

  • Baymont Inn & Suites    Rate $74 plus tax    (252) 533-0022

  • Quality Inn  Rate $91 plus tax (252) 537-9927 

  • Additional accommodations available (hotel, B&B & Camping) - http://www.visithalifax.com/  (click Visitors, then Stay)

Q: What time does the paddle start?

  • The paddle will start at 9 am on Saturday November 5. However, paddlers should check in by 8:15 am to allow time to check in and shuttle for the paddle on Saturday (See question above for more detail).

Q: What is the distance on the paddle?

  • A: The Saturday Paddle from Weldon to Halifax is about 9.5 miles.  This paddle can take from 3 to 4.5 hours depending on flow rates and wind. Generally, paddlers finish around noon to early afternoon.

  • Q: What is this section of the Roanoke River like?

  • A: The Saturday Paddle from Weldon to Halifax is a flatwater paddle.  There are no rapids.  We launch just below the last rapid on the Roanoke River and meander generally east amongst beautiful lowland forest and farm fields. The Paddle offers the opportunity to see wildlife including ducks, geese, herons, ospreys, bald eagles, deer, otter, etc.  

Q: Can I register the morning of the paddle?

  • A: Registration deadline has been extended to  Thursday, October 27. However, if you must register afterwards, please contact Chris Wicker directly 252-365-2011 or cwicker@visithalifax.com  We will try to work with paddlers, but we request you register earlier so we can plan accordingly for food and other logistics. In addition, registering early can save you money. We also encourage you to register on line.

  • Registration                                     On line                Via Paper

  • July 1 - September 16 Early Bird     $27.37                 $28

  • Sept 17 - Oct 27 Regular                  $32.64                 $33

  • After October 13                               $37.92                 $38

  • We anticipate this will be a popular event, so early registration is encouraged.

Q: Will there be food and entertainment after the paddle?

  • A: Yes. The Halifax Fishing Club is cooking an outstanding Brunswick stew and very tasty unique cornbread.  While you eat you will be entertained by the sweet Bluegrass sounds of "the Hammers' overlooking the beautiful Roanoke River.

Q: Can I rent a canoe or kayak from the Roanoke River Ramble?

  • A: Canoe/Kayak Rental is available for an additional fee (including paddles and PFDs. (contact outfitters directly to make arrangements).  Please be sure to give the outfitters plenty of notice so they will be able to help you.  

  • Lake Gaston Outfitters - Dave and Heidi Blodgett, 252-586-1770 info@lakegastonoutfitters.com

  • Roanoke Outdoor Adventures - Heber Coltrain, 252-809-9488 roanokeoutdooradventures@embarqmail.com 

  • Frog Hollow Outdoors - Banks Dixon or Natasha Teasley, 919-416-1200 info@froghollowoutdoors.com

  • For other options email cwicker@visithalifax.com   

Q: What do I wear and bring for the paddle?

  • PFDs (life jackets) are required to be worn by all paddlers during the paddle. Be sure to dress warm because it will likely be chilly at first, but dress in layers because as the morning progresses it will get warmer and you may want to take off a jacket or heavy sweatshirt.  A tobaggan or gloves may be desired at first also.  It is best to wear synthetic material rather than cotton because it keeps you warmer even if it gets damp or wet.  If you plan to bring a camera, cell phone, or other such items be sure to take precautions to protect them with a dry bag or similar.   You may want to bring a snack and a water bottle for the about 3 - 4 hour float.

Q: What happens if it rains or if there is inclement weather?

  • A: This is the 8th Annual Roanoke River Ramble and we have been able to make the paddle from Weldon to Halifax every year. Most years the weather has been outstanding and beautiful.  We have had light rain, wind challenges, and cold conditions occassionally for the paddle, but even those were very well received. If the weather seems more dangerous we will send warnings to alert paddlers and reserve the right to cancel if deemed necessary.  If this becomes necessary, we will make every effort to contact paddlers via phone, email, and/or text.  Paddlers are responsible for knowing their own skills and choosing if it is safe for them to paddle if the weather or wind is challenging.

Q: Where can I contact the organizer with any questions?

  • A: Any questions should be directed to Chris Wicker. 

  • Email: cwicker@visithalifax.com

  • Phone 252-365-2011

Q: Will my GPS work on the Roanoke River and Roanoke Rapids Lake?

  • A: We have found GPS units to work well most of the time on the Roanoke River, but not with 100% accuracy.  There are many gentle zig zags and GPS may not accurately pick up every detail. Roanoke River Partners has mile markers on left bank heading down river for those who want to keep close track of when they paddle each mile.

Q. Are there other fun things I can do while in the area?

       A.    Absolutely.  Here are just a few.  Plan to visit the Riverside Mill in Historic Weldon.  It is located in an Historic Cotton Mill that has be renovated into an 'eclectic' array of antique and craft shops.  You can also borrow a bicycle from them FOR FREE and take a ride to the Aqueduct and beyond on the Historic Canal Trail.  Visit their website for more information http://www.riversidemill.net/Home.html The Canal Trail has a lot to offer.  Visit their website  to find out more http://roanokecanal.com/

  • Historic HalifaxThe small quaint town of Historic Halifax is rich with history and charm.  It is home to a State Historic Site that interprets history all the way to the beginnings of our Country.  Visit their website to find out more http://www.nchistoricsites.org/halifax/ Did you know that North Carolina was first to declare Independence?  On April 12, 1776 the Halifax Resolves were signed declaring independence which was the first official action by the entire colony recommending independence from England. The site is open Tuesday – Saturday 9 am – 5 pm.  We also highly recommend dining at the Hen and the Hog Restaurant at 16 South King Street, Halifax, NC. Whether lunch or dinner it’s menu is excellent and is made mostly from fresh NC products.  http://www.thehenthehog.com/

  • Sylvan Heights Bird Park is an outstanding nationally acclaimed treasure that should not be missed.  Open 9 am – 4 pm daily it has one of the most diverse bird collections on the planet just a short drive from the Ramble.  You should not miss this outstanding Park in Scotland Neck.  You will be wowed!!  Visit their website to find out more http://shwpark.com/

        Medoc Mountain State ParkNorth Carolina is celebrating the 100-year anniversary of the State Park System.  Medoc Mountain State Park has miles of beautiful trails, picnicking, camping, and other outstanding outdoor offerings and is just a 30-minute drive from Weldon. Their website is  http://www.ncparks.gov/medoc-mountain-state-park

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