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Map of North Carolina – Carvers Creek State Park

 

Contact the park

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

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  • 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
     

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  • 8:00am to 5:00pm
    daily

     
  • 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:

  1. Delaying or prolonging construction or repair;
  2. Damaging the trails, resulting in significant costs and further closure time for additional repair;
  3. 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.

 


Sandhills Access: Longleaf Pine Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail starts at the trailhead and all other trails spur off this main trail. The trail crosses over Carvers Creek, and there is a small footbridge that hikers can use to cross.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
4.00 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white triangles

Sandhills Access: RCW Loop Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail branches off from the main trail after crossing Carvers Creek via the footbridge. It meanders around numerous trees that have red-cockaded woodpecker cavities and are marked with a single band of white paint.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange hexagons

Sandhills Access: Turkey Oak Loop Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail starts and ends where the Longleaf Pine Trail ends. From this point, it is 4 miles back to the parking lot if you follow the Longleaf Pine Trail. Another pond, larger than the pond at the Little Pond Spur, is accessible from this trail.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.70 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white hexagons

Sandhills Access: Wire Grass Loop Trail
Location: Sandhills Access

Description:

This trail starts at the intersection where the equestrian access trail and the Longleaf Pine Trail meet, goes past the parking lot and loops back around to the Longlead Pine Trail. Visitors can observe the scenic longleaf pine with wiregrass understory, which is a glimple of what the Sandhills of North Carolina is supposed to look like with prescribed fire.


Surface: natural surface, sand

Length:
1.40 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue hexagons