Skewarkee Trail & River Landing

Town of Williamston, NC


In efforts to take advantage of the riverfront natural resource and make it more accessible to its citizens, as well as to serve as a feature for regional tourism, Rivers was engaged to assist the Town in the implementation a two-prong project to connect the central business district with the riverfront.  The Skewarkee Trail is a 10-feet wide multi-use path funded and constructed as a “rails-to-trails” project upon an abandoned railroad right-of-way that passes through the central business district and proceeds to what historically was a working riverfront receiving freight from barge traffic.  The multi-use path initiates in the central business district and terminates at a state Wildlife Boating Access ramp facility.  The second phase included River Landing, a waterfront promenade recreational facility developed adjacent to, and along the shore of, the Roanoke River.  River Landing amenities include an 800-feet elevated boardwalk over the river adjacent to the shoreline, ADA accessible fishing access, floating dock, elevated enclosed camping platform, restroom/shower facility and a direct pedestrian connection to the NC Wildlife Resources boat ramp.  During this process, NC Wildlife Resources partnered with the Town for the restroom facility as well as implemented rebuild and expansion of the existing boating access ramp.