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Fishing: The 100 acre Millpond, which was built circa 1850, is an excellent spot for bank fishing. Private boats are not permitted. Please help us protect this area by using only the footpath access to the water. This will limit erosion and reduce your exposure to ticks, chiggers, and snakes. Only fish can be caught as turtles, snakes and all other wildlife are protected from harm by park regulations. Anglers need a state fishing license and must obey the regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Environmental Education: Park staff conduct a variety of educational and interpretive programs about Carvers Creek's natural resources and cultural history. Check calendars posted outside the park office and at the trailhead for upcoming programs. Program flyers are available inside the park office as well as on this website. You can also check our online events calendar.
Hiking: As you walk the trails of Long Valley Farm Access, you will experience a variety of habitats including longleaf pine forest, Piedmont field, wetlands, and a Millpond. You'll also encounter the winter residence of James Stillman Rockefeller, the spring house, the Pavilion, an old farm site and other historic structures. There are two hiking trails in the park, the James S. Rockefeller Trail and the Cypress Point Loop Trail. See the Park Map (PDF) for more information.
The James S. Rockefeller Trail begins at the opening in the fence near the park office. This easy, half-mile trail is blazed with white circles. It travels between a field and longleaf pine forest and ends at the Rockefeller House. Please use this trail on your return hike to the park office/trailhead.
The Cypress Point Loop Trail, blazed with blue circles, begins at the trail intersection near the Rockefeller House. This easy .75-mile loop trail leads to a peninsula overlooking the Millpond and back to the James S. Rockefeller Trail. Along the way, you'll encounter historic structures and a fishing access footpath along the Millpond.
Picnicking: Bring a packed lunch and have a picnic or simply sit and enjoy nature. There are picnic tables along both trails with a trash and recycling receptacles near-by. An Americans with Disabilities friendly picnic site is located adjacent to the parking area in front of the park office. This picnic area also has a grill. There is a historic garage adjacent to the Rockefeller house with a grill and picnic tables. This structure also functions as a rain shelter.