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Vehicle Break-ins   

There has been a rash of smash-and-grab car break-ins in and around Harnett County over the last several months.  Several park visitor vehicles parked in the parking lots at Raven Rock State Park have been hit.  Thieves are smashing windows of locked cars and taking valuables stowed in the passenger area.  Park staff is urging you to take precautions to prevent becoming a victim while visiting our naturally wonderful park.  Below are some tips to help you prepare for your visit.

Car Break-in Prevention Tips
 

  • Don’t make it easy

Keep windows and sunroofs closed and doors locked. Thefts that occur from vehicles are oftentimes from cars that have been left unlocked.
 

  • Take your identification and other valuables with you

Many smash-and-grab thieves act on impulse, so keep your personal identification and valuable items with you.  Remember: Simply hiding personal items like wallets or purses in the passenger area of the vehicle will not protect them from being taken in a smash-and-grab break-in.  Thieves may be in the parking lot watching you stow your items. They may also be watching for what you don’t take with you.  Thieves know most people have wallets and purses while driving, so if they see you leave your vehicle without it you may be creating a target. 
 

  • Stow your stuff before arrival

If you can’t carry an item with you, it is best to hide it before you arrive.  Place any valuables you can’t carry with you in a locked trunk out of sight.
 

  • Stash the evidence too!

After you’ve put your valuables in the trunk, don’t forget such telltale evidence as power plugs, MP3 adapters, and navigation system windshield suction-cup mounts. Thieves know what they’re looking for, so hide the electronic accessories, too.
 

  • Don’t hand a thief your keys

Take your keys with you. Don’t assume you have a great hiding place for a spare key: Thieves know where to look!
 

  • Garage Door Opener

Don’t leave your garage door opener visible.
 

  • Don’t depend on a vehicle’s alarm system

Anti-theft vehicle alarms are great, but they do not necessarily prevent break-ins.  In fact, many vehicle alarm systems will not be triggered by vehicle tampering, including shattering a window to access the vehicle. 
 

  • Trust your instincts

If you see suspicious activity, find another spot to park and report your suspicions to Park Staff.  You may help prevent someone else from becoming a victim.
 
Park Contacts:     Visitor Center – (910) 893-4888 (dial 0 at the greeting)
Park Ranger (emergency cell #) – (910) 890-1932
 

 Posted on: Wednesday, February 15, 2017 - 1:45pm
Flooding closures   

The East and West Loop Bridle Trails are closed to all users due to flooding.

The creek side of Campbell Creek Loop Trail is closed due to dangerous high water and flooding of the Cape Fear River rising up in to Campbell Creek and covering the trail.  Also closed is Group Camp Trail due to flooding of Little Creek.  

Please call the park office for updates (910) 893-4888 x0.
 

 Posted on: Tuesday, April 25, 2017 - 1:09pm
Trails

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

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. 

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.

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.

 

American Beech Trail
Location:
Description: The Raven Rock State Park TRACK Trail follows an easy 0.5 mile loop along the American Beech Trail. Those seeking a longer hike may wish to continue along the 2.6 mile Raven Rock Loop.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.50 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Campbell Creek Loop Trail
Location:
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
5.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Moderate
Blaze:
Campbell Creek Loop Trail at Raven Rock State Park
Surface:
East Loop Bridle Trail
Location:
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
4.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
East Loop Bridle Trail at Raven Rock State Park
Surface:
Raven Rock Loop Trail
Location: First Parking Area by Picnic Shelter
Description: Raven Rock Loop Trails begins beside the picnic shelter in the first parking lot. This tree lined loop trail begins by following Little Creek while continually taking you through mountain laurel, hardwoods and majestic pines. In one mile there are 135 steps leading down to Raven Rock and once at the bottom you can hike under the 150 foot high rocks and climb on huge roots and over downed boulders. Enjoy the sights, sounds and reflections of the Cape Fear River before heading back up the stairs to continue on the trail. Once up the stairs take a right and in a half mile is the Overlook. 350 feet above the Cape Fear River the Overlook gives you a birds eye view of the river, Fish Traps, Northington Ferry and the Avents Creek Access side of the park. Here you will have an opportunity to see bald eagles, osprey, turtles, vultures, beautiful sunsets and a panoramic view of all the changing seasons. It is a .75 mile hike from the overlook back to the parking lot.
Point of Interest: Raven Rock, Overlook, Mountain Laurel
Length:
2.60 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Orange Circles
Surface: Natural surface, Stairs
West Loop Bridle Trail
Location:
Description:
Point of Interest:
Length:
4.00 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Blaze:
West Loop Bridle Trail at Raven Rock State Park
Surface: Natural surface
Contact:

Raven Rock State Park

3009 Raven Rock Road
LillingtonNC 27546
Phone910-893-4888
raven.rock@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 35.459700
Longitude: -78.912700

Park Hours:

January, February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, May: 7am - 9pm
June, July, August: 7am - 10pm
September, October: 7am - 9pm
November, December: 7am - 7pm

Closed Christmas Day

Park Visitor Center
8am - 5pm daily
Closed Christmas Day