The Mountain Laurel Bicycle Trail aand the Bridle trails, as well as the Avent's Creek access is closed to all users due to very wet conditions.Last updated on: Saturday, February 16, 2019
The Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trail will closed Monday, February 18th 2019 for the construction of our new campground. We encourage you to come and enjoy the loop before it closes. We apologize for the inconvenience. The new campground will be worth the wait!
After much work following Hurricane Florence, most of Raven Rock's trails are back open! The Canoe Camps and Group Camps will remain closed for the foreseeable future. The East Bridle Loop, at Avent's Creek Access Area is currently closed to all visitors due to construction on the trail.Last updated on: Wednesday, December 19, 2018
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Negotiate the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps on a portion of the Cape Fear Canoe Trail that runs through the park. The entire trail travels for 56 miles along the Cape Fear River from an access point at the US 1 bridge over Deep River. A buoy signals the location of the canoe camp in the park. Contact park staff for information about the nearest access points; there is no access area in the park. Canoeists should exercise caution and wear life vests at all times. Periodic floods make the river dangerous for canoeing. Check with the park office for the current water level before launching your canoe. Portage dams, dangerous rapids.
The best places for fishing in the Cape Fear River are the Fish Traps and the mouth of Campbell Creek. Game fish in these waters include largemouth bass, warmouth, bluegill, catfish, redear and green sunfish. Other interesting species are longnose gar, American eel, chub, shiners, darters and pirate perch. Fishing is permitted during posted park hours only. Anglers must have a state fishing license. Regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.
A wide trail leads to the picnic ground from the parking lot on the south side of the river. Towering oak and hickory trees provide shade for 27 tables and eight grills. Drinking water, restrooms and a refreshment stand with a drink machine are located nearby. Some picnic facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. The picnic shelter can be reserved or used on a first-come, first-served basis if not reserved. Call the park office for more information.