Authorized by the General Assembly in 2005, Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County is in the early stages of development for public use and is North Carolina’s 36th state park. The park encompasses more than 4,000 acres.
The first major acquisition for the state park was 1,371 acres of longleaf pine forest near U.S. 401 north of Fayetteville, with the help of The Nature Conservancy. This longleaf pine ecosystem is an important habitat for several endangered and protected plant and animal species, most notably the red-cockaded woodpecker. Further land acquisition in this area has expanded this section of the park to the eastern edge of Ft. Bragg. This section of the park is currently not open to the public.
In the summer of 2010, the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation accepted the donation of the 1,420-acre Long Valley Farm from The Nature Conservancy and the first park superintendent started working at the park. This historic farm was once the estate of James Stillman Rockefeller. The park's Master Plan has been completed. At this time none of the facilities in the master plan are in place. On September 9, 2013 the interim development facilities of the park were opened for public use. Located in Spring Lake off East Manchester Road, this access area currently provides opportunities for hiking, picnicking, viewing nature and historic structures, and fishing.
Carvers Creek State Park
Open seven days a week with the following seasonal gate hours:
November - February: 8am - 6pm
March-May: 8am - 8pm
June-August: 8am - 9pm
September - October: 8am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day