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Bridle Trail – West Loop

The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
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4/18 11AM Park is at Capacity   

As of 11am on Sunday, April 18, Raven Rock State Park is at full 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, please reconsider your plans.

 Last updated on: Sunday, April 18, 2021

Current Status of Park Facilities As of Monday, April 19, 2021   

**Parking areas fill up to capacity each weekend day.  Please plan your trip accordingly or come on a weekday.**

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. Primitive backback campers must arrive before 7 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: Thursday, April 15, 2021


Fish Traps Trail - The end of the trail is closed to all users due to storm damage and unsafe conditions.  DO NOT cross barricades or enter closed areas.

 Last updated on: Saturday, March 20, 2021

Bridle Trail – West Loop

West Loop Bridle Trail at Raven Rock State Park

The West Loop Bridle Trail is the perfect adventure for those who wish to explore the northside of the park. Take this trail by itself or combine it with the East Loop Bridle Trail to make an 8-mile circuit. Be sure to hitch up your horse and take a break at the Avents Creek crossing located on the trail. This is a great spot to enjoy Jumping Fish Falls and see friendly snakes sunning themselves on the boulders.

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

Trail Location: 
Avents Creek access; left 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: 
red 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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