• Fort Raleigh National Historic Site

    Fort Raleigh

    National Historic Site North Carolina

Things To Do

Visitor Center

Temporary exhibits and a 17-minute film are currently available inside the visitor center. New exhibits are due to be installed in early 2013.

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.

Nature Trail

The Thomas Hariot Nature Trail offers a 20-minute pocket wilderness 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 viewshed that the native Algonquians enjoyed from their island home.

Did You Know?

De Bry's engravings of Indian chiefs

Roanoke Island has two towns, Manteo and Wanchese, both named after the native Algonquian Indians that were introduced in England.