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Vehicle Break-ins   

There has been a rash of smash-and-grab car break-ins in and around Harnett County over the last several months.  Several park visitor vehicles parked in the parking lots at Raven Rock State Park have been hit.  Thieves are smashing windows of locked cars and taking valuables stowed in the passenger area.  Park staff is urging you to take precautions to prevent becoming a victim while visiting our naturally wonderful park.  Below are some tips to help you prepare for your visit.

Car Break-in Prevention Tips

  • Don’t make it easy

Keep windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Thefts that occur from vehicles are oftentimes from cars that have been left unlocked.

  • Take your identification and other valuables with you

Many smash-and-grab thieves act on impulse, so keep your personal identification and valuable items with you.  Remember: Simply hiding personal items like wallets or purses in the passenger area of the vehicle will not protect them from being taken in a smash-and-grab break-in.  Thieves may be in the parking lot watching you stow your items. They may also be watching for what you don’t take with you.  Thieves know most people have wallets and purses while driving, so if they see you leave your vehicle without it you may be creating a target. 

  • Stow your stuff before arrival

If you can’t carry an item with you, it is best to hide it before you arrive.  Place any valuables you can’t carry with you in a locked trunk out of sight.

  • Stash the evidence too!

After you’ve put your valuables in the trunk, don’t forget such telltale evidence as power plugs, MP3 adapters, and navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts. Thieves know what they’re looking for, so hide the electronic accessories, too.

  • Don’t hand a thief your keys

Take your keys with you. Don’t assume you have a great hiding place for a spare key: Thieves know where to look!

  • Garage Door Opener

Don’t leave your garage door opener visible.

  • Don’t depend on a vehicle’s alarm system

Anti-theft vehicle alarms are great, but they do not necessarily prevent break-ins.  In fact, many vehicle alarm systems will not be triggered by vehicle tampering, including shattering a window to access the vehicle. 

  • Trust your instincts

If you see suspicious activity, find another spot to park and report your suspicions to Park Staff.  You may help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.
Park Contacts:     Visitor Center – (910) 893-4888 (dial 0 at the greeting)
Park Ranger (emergency cell #) – (910) 890-1932

 Posted on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:45pm
Events and Programs

Raven Rock State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. ​

Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information.


Join experienced nature photographers on a photography hike Saturday, March 25, 2017 at 10 a.m.  Bring any camera, tripod if you have one, hiking shoes and eagerness to find and photograph the flora and fauna in Raven Rock on this approximately 2-mile hike.   Spring time at Raven Rock State Park the wildflowers are sprouting up from their winter’s rest, leaves are coming back in all shades of green and butterflies and birds are fluttering about.  Experienced nature photographers will share tips for finding and photographing the natural landscapes and habitats.  This program will also celebrate the conservation legacy of Ansel Adams and the exhibition of his photographs at the NC Museum of Art from February 4, 2017 to May 7, 2017.  To read more about the Ansel Adams exhibit visit:

We may be out for an extended amount of time so bring plenty of water and a snack.  The program is for ages 9 and up and children must be accompanied by an adult at all times.  Hike will be held rain (no lightning) or shine.  Call the park office at (910) 893-4888 x 107 for any questions or comments.

Date of Event:
Sat, 03/25/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Rather not hike alone, join us on Good Friday, April 14, 2017 at 10 a.m. as we gather at the Raven Rock Visitor Center to hike four easy miles (about two hours) on trails that can be flat, hilly and include steps.  Adjustments can be made in the route if you want to hike less or have time constraints.  We will focus on having fun, laughter, friendship and building confidence in the outdoors.  Also, during the hike we will stop to observe wildlife and the many wildflowers that will be in bloom.  For ages 12 and up.  Dogs welcome.  Meet at the Visitor Center.  Please call the visitor center for additional information (910) 893-4888 extension 0.

Date of Event:
Fri, 04/14/2017 - 10:00am
Start Location:
Visitor Center

This new event spotlights works of art & design in found in nature. Learning & creation stations will be setup within walking distance from each other throughout the park.  Take a Story Walk, create Tree Art, investigate the designs of spider webs, enjoy the Forest Puppet Theater, and more.  Part our Earth Day Celebration and the North Carolina Science Festival,

Date of Event:
Sat, 04/22/2017 - 10:00am to 2:00pm
Start Location:
Visitor Center

Raven Rock State Park

3009 Raven Rock Road
LillingtonNC 27546
Latitude: 35.459700
Longitude: -78.912700

Park Hours:

January, February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, May: 7am - 9pm
June, July, August: 7am - 10pm
September, October: 7am - 9pm
November, December: 7am - 7pm

Closed Christmas Day

Park Visitor Center
8am - 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day