Carvers Creek State Park staff are conducting a prescribed burn at the Sandhills access today, Thursday, February 25.Last updated on: Thursday, February 25, 2021
Trails and restrooms at Carvers Creek State Park are open.
The park office is closed at this time due to a COVID-19 exposure. The office will open as soon as possible. Please monitor this page for updates on when the office will reopen.
Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.Last updated on: Friday, December 18, 2020
Contact the park
Long Valley Farm access
and park office
2505 Long Valley Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390
GPS: 35.1970, -78.9767
995 McCloskey Road
Fayetteville, NC 28311
GPS: 35.1700, -78.8943
- 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
- Open daily:
8:00am to 5:00pm
- Closed Christmas Day
List of trails
The trail systems of the Long Valley Farm and Sandhills accesses are different in length and terrain.
At Long Valley, there are two trails, the Rockefeller Loop Trail and the Cypress Loop Trail, which is shorter and branches off to the north. Both trails are for hiking and bicycling only. From the Cypress Point Loop Trail, you can look toward the dam and see the pavilion, which used to be a sawmill in the 1800s, and the grist mill, which played a vital role in utilizing waterpower in the 1900s. In total, just under 3 miles of trail offers an easy walk on sand and gravel. These two trails were once roads during the peak of Long Valley Farm in the 1950s.
The trail system of the Sandhills access totals just over 10 miles, which is composed of seven trails on sandy soil. The parking lot and some sections of trail have crush and run rock where trail tends to be wet — boots or shoes are suggested for horses in these areas. Please do not take your horse off-trail as this can damage fragile longleaf pine ecosystems and wildlife. There are two separate parking lots, one for horse trailers and the other for pedestrian vehicles.
During your visit, you will likely see the active red-cockaded woodpecker trees (marked with a white band) and you may even see a fox squirrel scampering off into the woods. There are two creek crossings off Longleaf Pine Trail, the latter of which is footbridge. These trails are "pack in, pack out" — please bring enough water for your adventure and take your trash back to the parking lot with you.
When trails are closed for construction, poor trail conditions due to weather, or any other reason, they are closed both for visitor safety and for the protection of the trail and natural resources. Trails are expensive to construct, maintain, and repair. Disregarding trail closures results in:
- Delaying or prolonging construction or repair;
- Damaging the trails, resulting in significant costs and further closure time for additional repair;
- Endangering yourself in addition to both state parks and EMS staff who would work to get you out of harm's way if you are lost or hurt.
Thank you for respecting our park's natural resources, facilities, and fellow park visitors.
Blazed with blue circles, this trail begins at the trail intersection near the Rockefeller House. This easy, 0.75-mile loop trail leads to a peninsula overlooking the millpond and back to the Rockefeller Loop Trail. Along the way, you'll encounter historic structures, a fishing access footpath and a scenic lake view from the 91-foot observation deck.
The Rockefeller Loop Trail begins at the opening in the fence near the welcome center. This easy, 2-mile trail is blazed with white circles. It travels between a field and longleaf pine forest, goes past the Rockefeller House, and loops back through a forest to the parking lot.
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.
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.