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Places to play while visiting Northampton County NC
Roanoke Rapids Lake North Bank fishing area

The Roanoke Rapids Lake has over 4,600 acres of beautiful water and over 50 miles of shoreline. Take a day to fish, kayak, birdwatch and more. The north bank features a wonderful fishing area. located at 828 Family Lane, Gaston, NC 27832.

The Red Barn Farmers Market in Murfreesboro, NC

Fresh and local produce is available each Saturday at the Red Barn Market. From cucumbers and tomatoes to jams and seafood, the Red Barn Market offers diverse selections.

If you travel down Hwy 158 right outside of Murfreesboro, NC, you will see a large, jaunty edifice identified as the Red Barn Market. It is the culmination of well-over a decade of work and dedication by a community. Now a busy nexus of farmers, crafters, food artisans, and agricultural projects, the Farmers’ Market was once a “pilot project” of concerned citizens. In 2001, anxious to create an organized outlet for local farmers to sell their goods directly to the public, the Murfreesboro New Master Gardeners partnered with the Murfreesboro Historical Association for use of the parking lot at the Roberts Vaughan Village Center. Using tailgates and trailers, the farmers offered fresh, local vegetables and fruits to the public while vendors sold baked goods, candles, soaps and crafts. The pilot project was a success and the future Red Barn Market was born.

Plans are underway to cultivate “pick your own” crops, construct a grape arbor, and provide free selling space for flea market and yard sale entrepreneurs. Musical entertainment by local talent is now offered on a regular basis for the enjoyment of vendors and visitors alike. Non-profit institutions from Hertford and Northampton Counties contribute staging areas for agricultural, wellness and livestock demonstrations. All of these pursuits – past, present and future – are in accordance with the Market’s mission to educate and support the farming families of our community. We welcome you to visit and enjoy the fruits of our labor in beautiful northeastern North Carolina.

Deberry's Millpond in Conway, NC

Deberry's Mill Pond is located on Deberry's Mill Pond Rd in Conway, NC. Spend a day fishing the beautiful pond and enjoy a majestic setting of cypress trees.

The pond offers bream, catfish, bass, crappie, and others for fishing. The millhouse has been refurbished and is a popular location for wedding photography in Northampton County, NC.

Camassia Slopes Preserve in Northampton County, NC

This unusual assemblage of plant species is thought to be a remnant from the ice age some 220,000 to 400,000 years ago. The preserve's high-base soils and terraced slopes, with angles of 15 to 35 degrees, enable these unique species to thrive here.

Large numbers of breeding neotropical migratory birds can be seen throughout the Roanoke River floodplain in the spring and summer. Prothonotary warbler, Louisiana waterthrush, American redstart, and the rare cerulean warbler are some of the neotropical migratory songbirds that nest at Camassia Slopes. The preserve is also a good spot to see wild turkey.

The Roanoke River

The river is home for Black Bear, River Otter, White Tail Deer, Bob Cats, Beaver, Mink and WildTurkey. There are 200 bird species including Bald Eagles, owl’s, and Osprey. A Bird Watchers Paradise.