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Roanoke River

Roanoke River

The Roanoke River flows southeast in a zigzag course bordering Martin County through the Roanoke River National Wildlife Refuge and then briefly turns north as it enters Batchelor Bay on the western end Albemarle Sound.

In 1657, it was known as “Morattico River”; in 1671 it was documented as “Noratake River.” Edward Moseley wrote the name “Roanoke River” on a map he created in 1733. It was home to many Native Americans and has subsequently played a significant role in American History.

The largest intact and least-disturbed bottomland hardwood forest ecosystem remaining in the mid-Atlantic Region is in the Roanoke River’s floodplain. Alluvial forests, tracts of bald cypress and water tupelo swamp forest hug the banks of the river.

The Roanoke River is home to a wide assortment of plants and wildlife, including more than 250 bird species.

For more information about the Roanoke River, please contact Roanoke River Partners.

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Senator Bob Martin Ag Center

Horse shows, concerts and meeting spaces — This state of the art, multi-facet facility can be used by all. The coliseum is more than 110,000 square feet, which is heated and ventilated. This includes approximately 10,000 square feet of vending concourse. It also boasts a 150’ x 300′ arena with permanent seating for 2,286. In addition, there is a fully enclosed 75’ x 125’ paddock with an attached 120’ x 240’ covered arena, three outdoor 120’ x 240’ practice rings, five lunging rings and two dressage pads.
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