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Closure of Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle...   

The Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trail is closed due to campground construction.  All bike trails will likely be opened towards the end of the year. This area is an unsafe construction area. Entering these trails, service roads or parking lots will be illegal tresspassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The following places allow biking in our area: Carvers Creek State Park, William B. Umstead State Park and Falls Lake Recreation Area, Harris Lake County Park, Uhwarrie National Forest (Badin Lake Recreation Area and Woodrun Trails) and Crabtree County Park.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019

Activities

Hiking

A number of trails in the park traverse a variety of terrains. Raven Rock Loop Trail travels through a hardwood forest on its one-mile trip to the park's centerpiece, Raven Rock. Wooden stairs down the face of the river bluff lead to the base of Raven Rock where the river bank provides a place to examine the area beneath the overhang. A stone balcony along the way overlooks the river and the flood plains beyond. Other trails offer access to fishing holes and idyllic scenery. See the Trails page for more information.

Horseback riding

Undeveloped woodlands on the north side of the river with areas set aside for parking and picnicking offer seven miles of trails for horseback riding. Land adjoining park bridle trails is posted private property. Respect the rights of landowners; do not trespass. Horses are not permitted on hiking trails. See the Trails page for more information.

After periods of heavy rainfall, the trails can become very muddy. To help avoid injury to your horse and damage to park natural resources, please avoid using the trails at these times.

All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test while visiting North Carolina State Parks.

Paddling

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.

You can check Cape Fear River levels at the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers website or the USGS website.

Fishing

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.

Picnicking

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.

Bike trails:

CLOSED TODAY

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY


3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

910-893-4888
raven.rock@ncparks.gov

 

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