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Bridle trails:

OPEN TODAY

Bike trails:

CLOSED TODAY


3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

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

 

Map of North Carolina

GPS: 35.4597, -78.9127

 

PARK HOURS:
  • 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

 
VISITOR CENTER HOURS:

8:00am to 5:00pm – daily

Closed Christmas Day

**Bridle Trails Website Information...   

Bridle trail users can now find trail open & closure information on the right hand side of the webpage. --->
If using a mobile device, please scroll down to find the trail open & closure information.
Bridle trail open & closure information will be updated as quickly as park staff are able to assess trail conditions following weather events. Bridle trail riders can always call the Visitor Center [(910) 893-4888 between 8:00 am - 5:00 pm] to ask staff about their current conditions. 

 Last updated on: Wednesday, October 23, 2019

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

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
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
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
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
Blaze:
red hexagons

Mountain Laurel Loop Trail – Advanced – CURRENTLY CLOSED DUE TO CONSTRUCTION
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
Blaze:
red squares