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Bridle Trail – East Loop

The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
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Status of Raven Rock State Park as of September 20, 2020   

As of 10:05am on Sunday, September 20, the park is at maximum capacity. Vehicles are being turned away to keep roadways clear, and no one is allowed to wait. If you were planning on visiting the park today, please reconsider your plans.

 Last updated on: Sunday, September 20, 2020


All backpack campers must arrive at park no later than 6:00 pm for day of reservation.
Reservations must be made before arriving to the park.  Walk-ins are not accepted at this time.

The Canoe Campsites and Family Wilderness Campsites are primitive backpack sites only (2 miles or 2.5 miles from parking areas).  

 Last updated on: Friday, September 18, 2020

Current status of park facilities   

All park facilities are open as of September 14. 

Reservations are required for all camping; no walk-ups permitted. You can make a reservation online or by calling Aspira at 1-877-722-6762. Campers must arrive before 6 p.m. on the day of your reservation. You must check in with a park ranger prior to going to your site. Information regarding camping will be given to registered campers upon reservation.

A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

Please continue to follow social distancing guidelines throughout the park, regardless of the behavior of others. Bring a mask or face covering even if you are planning to only be outside; they are required to be worn when you cannot stay 6 feet away from park staff or other visitors. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit. If you are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19, please stay home.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, September 16, 2020

Bridle Trail – East Loop

East Loop Bridle Trail at Raven Rock State Park

Take a ride on the East Loop Bridle Trail with your horse! This trail cuts through some of the oldest areas of the park on the northside of the Cape Fear River. Take this trail by itself or combine it with the West Loop Bridle Trail to make an 8-mile circuit. With numerous creek crossings and plenty of canopy coverage, this trail is sure to please horse riders and hikers alike!

Riders, please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.

Trail Location: 
Avents Creek access; right side of the parking lot facing River Road. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and weather conditions.
Trail Length: 
4.00 miles
Trail Type: 
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
water crossings
Trail Blaze: 
white circles
Bridle trails:


Bike trails:


Map of North Carolina – Raven Rock State Park

Contact the park



Visitor center

3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

GPS: 35.4597, -78.9127


Moccasin Branch access

778 Moccasin Branch Road
Lillington, NC 27546

GPS: 35.4549, -78.9081



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