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Closure of Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle...   

The Mountain Laurel Loop Bicycle Trail is closed due to campground construction.  All bike trails will likely be opened towards the end of the year. This area is an unsafe construction area. Entering these trails, service roads or parking lots will be illegal tresspassing. We are sorry for the inconvenience. The following places allow biking in our area: Carvers Creek State Park, William B. Umstead State Park and Falls Lake Recreation Area, Harris Lake County Park, Uhwarrie National Forest (Badin Lake Recreation Area and Woodrun Trails) and Crabtree County Park.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 17, 2019

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
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
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
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
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
Blaze:
orange triangles
Bike trails:

CLOSED TODAY

Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY


3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

910-893-4888
raven.rock@ncparks.gov

 

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GPS: 35.4597, -78.9127

 

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