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Trails

As you walk the trails of Long Valley Farm Access, you will experience a variety of habitats including longleaf pine forest, warm season grass meadow, 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.

 


Long Valley Farm Access: Cypress Point Loop Trail
Location: Long Valley Farm Access

Description:

This trail winds along a peninsula overlooking the millpond and back to the James S. Rockefeller Trail through a longleaf pine forest. Along the way, you'll encounter historic structures viewed from across the millpond, a bank fishing access footpath and a floating observation deck with nice views of the millpond.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.75 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue circle

Long Valley Farm Access: James S. Rockefeller Loop Trail
Location: Long Valley Farm Access

Description:

The trail travels between a native grass meadow and longleaf pine forests. It ends in front of the Rockefeller House and a large historical marker where the trail connects with the Cypress Point Loop Trail. Two wayside displays discuss edge habitat and the life cycle of the longleaf pine. Enjoy long views of open meadows, old farm silo in the distance, longleaf pine forests and good birdwatching. Please use this trail on your return hike to the park office/trailhead.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
2.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
white circle

Sandhills Access: Dead End Spur Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail spurs off the Fox Squirrel Loop Trail and follows a small ridge before coming to a dead end at the state park boundary.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
yellow triangles

Sandhills Access: Fox Squirrel Loop Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail starts just after crossing the culverts of Carvers Creek. Along the trail is a small hill composed of paint rock, a rock type that is unique to the Sandhills.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.10 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
yellow hexagons

Sandhills Access: Little Pond Spur Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail spurs off the Longlead Pine Trail and leads to a small pond. The pond is home to bluegill, amphibians and freshwater macroinvertebrates. Visitors might also spot evidence of beaver activity.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
0.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy
Blaze:
blue triangles

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Contact

910-436-4681
carvers.creek@ncparks.gov

 

Addresses

Long Valley Farm access
and park office

2505 Long Valley Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390

GPS: 35.197026, -78.976785

 

Sandhills access

995 McCloskey Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311

GPS: 35.170036, -78.894338

 

Hours

  • November to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     
  • 8:00am to 5:00pm daily
     
  • Closed Christmas Day