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Northington Ferry Trail

The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
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Park FULL July 5th   

All parking areas at Raven Rock State Park are full as of 9:30 am. Please reconsider your plans if you were planning on visiting today.

 Last updated on: Sunday, July 5, 2020

Status of park facilities as of July 5   

Raven Rock State Park's main access, at 3009 Raven Rock Road, is open from 7:00am to 9:00pm.  With high volumes of visitors, there maybe limited parking and long wait times. Be mindful of the time you arrive and when the park closes. The gates will lock at 9:00pm. The restroom will close at 5:30pm.

The Mountain Laurel Bicycle Loops remains closed to all users.

Primitive backpack camping at the Canoe Camp and Family Wilderness Camp is open by reservation only. Walk-in reservations are not being accepted at this time. Campers must arrive before 7:00 pm day of 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.

Please note: The visitor center, most restrooms, all picnic areas, and water fountains remain closed, so please be prepared and bring your own water.

Social distancing rules are in effect and will be enforced. Please put space between you and others.

 Last updated on: Sunday, July 5, 2020


All campers must arrive at park no later than 7:00 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: Saturday, July 4, 2020

Northington Ferry Trail

Northington Ferry Trail is named after the Northingtons, a prominent family that once lived here long ago. The Northingtons operated a general store, a river ferry system, and the lock and dam located at Fish Traps. This quiet trail is ideal for spotting wildlife, such as deer and box turtles, as well as all kinds of native birds. It is also popular with fishermen due to the trail ending at the mouth of Campbell Creek where it meets the Cape Fear River. Fish commonly caught in this area include catfish, sunfish, bass, and crappie.

Trail Location: 
Begin down the Raven Rock Loop Trail on the opposite side of the picnic shelter at the day-use area. Hike for about 0.5 mile and the trailhead is on the left after the intersection that veers right towards the Overlook.
Trail Length: 
0.90 miles
Trail Type: 
one way
Trail Difficulty: 
easy hike
Trail Use: 
Trail Surface: 
natural surface
Trail Blaze: 
orange triangles
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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