• Dogwoods in bloom during the spring

    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

Things To Do

Visitor Center

New exhibits and a 17-minute film are available inside the visitor center and provides a chance to explore the Roanoke Island stories, from the Algonquian and English, to the Freedmen's Colony and Reginald Fessenden.

Earthen Fort

Earthenworks restored on the site are associated with England's colonization efforts that were sponsored by Sir Walter Raleigh from 1584 to 1590. An adjacent spot has confirmed evidence of metallurgical activity from the 1585 exploration expedition.

Thomas Hariot Trail

The Thomas Hariot Trail offers a 20-minute maritime forest experience of the island's natural setting. Wayside signs on the trail relate what English explorers observed of the natural resources and the commodities that could be made from them.

Hiking Trail

The Freedom Trail leads 1¼ miles from the nearby Elizabethan Gardens through the park land to the island's western edge, offering a sense of the island that some of the native Algonquians called home.

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