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The view from the overlook at Raven Rock State Park
Current status of park facilities   

All park facilities are open as of September 21. 

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: Monday, September 21, 2020

***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

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.



Fish Traps 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 miles and Fish Traps Trail begins after the intersection that veers right towards the Overlook.

Description:

This trail is named for the 18th-century fishing baskets used by early settlers in this area. The exposed bedrock creates a Class I rapid that spans the river in front of the remains of the Northington Lock and Dam that was destroyed by a hurricane in the mid-1800s. This short trail and relatively easy hike is perfect for exploring the river and fishing.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge, boulders, stairs

Length:
0.60 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue triangles

Lanier Falls Trail
Location: Take Campbell Creek Loop Trail about 2.5 miles. Trailhead is between the family wilderness camping area and the Cape Fear River access.

Description:

This trail is an offshoot of the Campbell Creek Loop Trail and features some rocky terrain and steps that lead down to Class II rapids in the Cape Fear River. The "falls" in the name refers to its geographical positioning on the fall line, which, in this case, results in exposed bedrock and rapids. It isn't uncommon to spot all kinds of wildlife along this portion of the river.


Surface: natural surface, stairs

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

Little Creek Loop Trail
Location: There is a creekside trailhead and a ridgeline trailhead. Both are off the Raven Rock Loop Trail as you approach Raven Rock.

Description:

This beautiful hike follows alongside Little Creek with its rock creek bed and abundance of wildlife. You will also walk a canopy-covered ridgeline along the Cape Fear River. The trailhead for this serene path can be found on the Raven Rock Loop Trail and it loops back to nearly the same spot.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
1.50 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
blue hexagons

Longleaf Loop Trail
Location: Behind the visitor center

Description:

This short but educational trail is canopy covered and wheelchair accessible. Along the way, you will find displays on natural resource management techniques used by the park, as well as displays on native wildlife you may discover in the area.


Surface: natural surface

Length:
0.20 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red hexagons

Mountain Laurel Loop Trail – Advanced
Location: Moccasin Branch Road bike field. Please pay attention to posted gate hours and weather conditions. After parking in the field, take the connector trail behind the wayside to the beginner loop. The advanced loop begins further down the beginner loop.

Description:

The advance loop of the park's mountain bike trail system starts off of the beginner loop. This loop poses the highest amount of opt-in challenges and technical features for riders to experience. It is also the narrowest of the three loops. Once a rider completes the advanced loop, they will need to continue down the beginner loop to return to the parking area.

Bikers, please pay attention to which direction to go. Please be mindful and considerate when encountering other trail users.


Surface: natural surface, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
4.30 miles
loop
Difficulty:
strenuous hike
Blaze:
red squares