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The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
***BACKPACK CAMPERS MUST CHECK IN BY 6:00 PM***   

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 trails:

CLOSED TODAY

Bike trails:

CLOSED TODAY


Map of North Carolina – Raven Rock State Park


Contact the park
 

910-893-4888

raven.rock@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

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
 

Hours
 

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  • November to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to May:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • June to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • September to October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

List of trails

Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Raven Rock offers a variety of trails. Travel them on foot, on mountain bike, or on horseback.

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


⇒  BIKE AND BRIDLE TRAIL USERS

When trails are closed for construction, poor trail conditions due to weather, or any other reason, they are closed both for visitor safety AND for the protection of the trail and natural resources. Trails are expensive to construct, maintain, and repair. Disregarding trail closures results in:

  1. Delaying or proloning construction or repair;
  2. Damaging the trails, resulting in significant costs and further closure time for additional repair;
  3. Endangering yourself in addition to both state park and EMS staff who would work to get you out of harm's way if you are lost or hurt.

Thank you for respecting our park's natural resources, facilities, and fellow park visitors.



American Beech Trail (TRACK Trail)
Location: To the right of the picnic shelter at the day-use parking lot

Description:

This short hike is great for kids and adults alike. There is a self-guided hike along this trail that features various points of interest. Walk along the headwaters of Little Creek and explore the banks for water bugs and reptiles. Be on the lookout for woodpeckers and box turtles along the trail!


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white circles

Bridle Trail – East Loop
Location: Avents Creek access; right side of the parking lot facing River Road. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and weather conditions.

Description:

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.


Surface: natural surface, water crossings, boulders

Length:
4.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
white circles

Bridle Trail – West Loop
Location: Avents Creek access; left side of the parking lot facing River Road. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and weather conditions.

Description:

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.


Surface: natural surface, water crossings, boulders

Length:
4.00 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red circles

Campbell Creek Loop Trail
Location: To the right of the visitor center as you leave the building

Description:

This moderate trail gives visitors a taste of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina with its challenging topography and unique geologic features. After crossing the long bridge, you will meander along Campbell Creek and experience rockier terrain compared to other trails at the park. Highlights of this trail include the primitive family wilderness camping area, access to the Lanier Falls Trail, the Cape Fear River, and the chance to see beavers and otters along the water!


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge, water crossings, boulders

Length:
4.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
moderate hike
Blaze:
blue circles

Cottonwood Trail – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO STORM DAMAGE
Location: Take Raven Rock Loop Trail to Little Creek Loop Trail. Cross the bridge near the canoe camp area and the trail begins after the bridge.

Description:

This short trail features several creek crossings and footbridges under a thick canopy. It is moderately flat and a very easy hike extending off the Little Creek Loop Trail. This trail is named for the heritage eastern cottonwood tree that lived nearby for many years.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.40 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
orange triangles