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Raven Rock State Park to Open Hand Cycle-Friendly Bike Trail

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Roy Cooper, Governor
Susi H. Hamilton, Secretary
Release Note: 
Katie Hall
Release Date: 
Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Raven Rock State Park to Open Hand Cycle-Friendly Bike Trail

Raleigh -- Raven Rock State Park State Park in Harnett County will open a new mountain bike trail, Mountain Laurel Loop Trail, on Saturday, Sept. 2. This trail will be open to both bikers and hikers.

A ribbon cutting and celebration will be held at 9:30 a.m. at the new trail head, located at 750 Moccasin Branch Road (Moccasin Branch parking field). Signs directing visitors to this event will be posted as visitors near the main entrance of the park.

Refreshments will be provided by the Friends of Raven Rock State Park until 1:30 p.m. The park staff invites visitors to take the opportunity to meet park staff and the Friends of Raven Rock Board of Directors.

Trail construction was initiated in December 2016 and concluded in May 2017. The trail was designed with a greater width to accommodate hand cycles along with using sustainable alignment to avoid erosion. It was constructed by YRU Contracting of Cambridge, Idaho with the help of park staff and volunteers. The $151,362 project, funded by the Recreational Trail Grant Program, consists of 6.6 miles of natural surface trails through a hardwood/pine forest.

The Mountain Laurel Loop Trail is blazed with white squares. In the case of inclement weather, the trails will be closed to all users to prevent trail damage. Please visit the Raven Rock State Park web page for trail closures, or call the park office at 910-893-4888.

Visit for more information regarding the mountain bike trail grand opening and detailed trail materials.

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North Carolina State Parks manages more than 231,000 acres of iconic landscape within North Carolina’s state parks, state recreation areas and state natural areas. It administers the N.C Parks and Recreation Trust Fund, including its local grants program, as well as a state trails program, North Carolina Natural and Scenic Rivers and more, all with a mission dedicated to conservation, recreation and education. The state parks system welcomes more than 18 million visitors annually.