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 www.ncparks.gov for more information regarding the mountain bike trail grand opening and detailed trail materials.
About North Carolina State Parks
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.