Camping at Raven Rock State Park

Available Camping Facilities

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Moccasin Branch Campground Only

The Moccasin Branch campground is located at 814 Moccasin Branch Road, just prior to the main entrance to the park.

The campground has a bathhouse with toilets and hot showers available to all campers. There are also potable water spigots and trash and recycling bins around the campground loop for campers to use. Firewood is available for purchase at the campground (cash only).

Nine RV sites (sites 11 to 18 and 22) offer full hookups with 50-amp, 30-amp, and a 20-amp outlet for all RV needs, as well as full water and sewer. Long driveways can accommodate RVs of all sizes. Each site has a tent pad, a campfire ring with a grill, a picnic table, and a lantern hook. Site 22 is wheelchair accessible.

Fifteen additional sites (sites 1 to 10; 19 to 21; and 23 to 24) provide a "drive-to" experience for tent and trailer campers. These sites each have a tent pad (25 feet by 25 feet) that includes space for two large tents, along with a fire ring, a picnic table, and a lantern hook. These sites do not have RV hookups.

Please go straight to the campground and to your site when you arrive. Staff will come around to check you in.

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Moccasin Branch Campground Only

Six rustic camper cabins offer the opportunity to get away from it all. 

Each cabin can accommodate up to six people; one bedroom has a queen bed (sleeps two) and the other room sleeps four with two sets of twin-sized bunk beds.

Campers must bring their own pillows and sleeping bags or linens, as these are not provided. The cabins have electric outlets and a heating and air-conditioning unit. There are no restrooms inside the cabin, and campers must use the nearby bathhouse and water spigots. A tent pad with a picnic table, a fire ring, a charcoal grill, two Adirondack chairs, and a lantern hook is provided at each cabin.

Cabin 3 is wheelchair accessible.

Smoking, cooking, and open flames are not permitted inside any of the cabins. Pets are not allowed in the cabins, with the exception of service animals. Each cabin has parking space for two vehicles only.

There is a two-night minimum for a camper cabin rental.

Cancellation Policy for Camper Cabins

Please note that cabin camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

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Raven Rock Main Access

Raven Rock also offers a primitive backpacking experience at the park's main access.

At the Family Wilderness Camp, there are five campsites just off of the Campbell Creek Loop Trail, approximately 2.5 miles from the parking lot and 0.5 mile from the river. The maximum number of campers for each site is six.

Backpackers can also utilize the canoe camp, located beside the river off of the Little Creek Loop Trail, in a low-lying area. The camping area is a 1.7-mile hike in from the park office. There are six campsites, each accommodating up to six campers.

All supplies, including water, must be packed to the sites. Neither the Family Wildness nor Canoe Camp is accessible by vehicle. Before camping, please check in and register your vehicle at the visitor center.

Both camping areas offer a vault toilet, and all sites include a fire ring with a grill.

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Adventurers can paddle down the Cape Fear River Canoe Trail and spend a restful evening at Raven Rock's Canoe Camp.

There are six campsites, each accommodating up to six campers. This camping area offers a vault toilet, and all sites include a fire ring with a grill.

There is no kayak or canoe launch inside Raven Rock State Park. Please make a reservation prior to starting any paddling trip to assure that there is camping available.

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Important Information

Check-In and Check-Out Times

Check-in at Raven Rock State Park is 3 p.m. and check-out is at 12 p.m.

Backpack campers must check in with park staff at the main access no later than 7 p.m. on the day of their reservation.

Campers at the Moccasin Branch campground can proceed directly to the campground at 814 Moccasin Branch Road upon arriving and set up their campsite. Staff will come around to check you in.

Some parks can accommodate early check-in or late check-out, depending on the reservation schedule and site availability. Please contact the park to make such arrangements: raven.rock@ncparks.gov or 910-893-4888.

Leave No Trace

Camp on designated sites only. Your camping equipment must be on the tent pad or within the designated limits of each site. When leaving, inspect your campsite, food preparation areas, and rest areas for trash or spilled foods. Pack out all trash, leftover food, and litter.

Burn all woods and coals to ash. Put out campfires completely before you leave, then scatter cool ashes.

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Amenities

Not all campsites have identical amenities. Read the campsite information on ReserveAmerica to see photos of campsites; check availability and fees; find out whether a specific site is wheelchair accessible, has access to water, bathhouses, or pit toilets, or has RV hookups; and learn other important information.

Gate Access

Park gates are closed and locked at posted closing times for your protection. There will be no exiting or entering the gates after the posted closing time. All visitors who are not spending the night need to be out by closing time. Vehicles left overnight must have a camping tag.

If you leave the park and do not return before closing time, you will not be able to re-enter. Check with the park during office hours for the after-hours emergency phone number. Please notify the campground hosts for emergencies only.

Firewood

Firewood can be purchased at the park from the visitor center or a campground host for $7 a bundle. Fires are permitted only in designated areas and must be tended at all times. Gathering firewood is prohibited.

Please don't transport firewood into our state parks because you could unknowingly spread dangerous insects and diseases and harm the forest. Purchase firewood locally or buy heat-treated firewood. For more information on how to have a risk-free campfire experience, please visit the Don't Move Firewood website.

Making Reservations

All North Carolina state park campgrounds are designated for recreation only. A single campsite can be reserved for a maximum of 14 consecutive nights within any 30-day period. Upon reaching that limit, a camper must vacate the park for 16 nights before returning.

Reservations can be made up to 11 months in advance.

Reservations are required for all types of camping at Raven Rock — no walk-ups permitted.

Changes and Cancellations

You can cancel reservations online by logging into your account on ReserveAmerica. Please note that there is a $6 fee per night to cancel your reservation. The fees will be deducted from your refund.

Same-day cancellations will incur an additional charge of one night's camping. You cannot cancel a one-night reservation on the same day. Same-day cancellations can be made only by calling the reservations number at 1-877-722-6762.

Please note that cabin camping reservations must be cancelled at least 14 days prior to the scheduled arrival date. No refunds are issued after the 14-day mark, but campers may reschedule to another date and will be charged only the cancellation fees.

If you need to make changes to your reservation, please call ReserveAmerica at 1-877-722-6762. You cannot switch dates, campsites, or parks using your account online — you will be charged the cancellation fees, even if you book a new site.

In the event of a closure for a campsite, campground, or the entire park, you will be contacted automatically by ReserveAmerica to cancel or change your reservation. You will receive a full refund for cancellations due to park closures.

No refunds are issued for "no-shows," early departures, or cancellations made after the arrival date.

Camping Rates per Night

All prices listed on the page include the $3 reservation fee.

Campsite Type Nightly Rate
Campsite with RV electric, water, and sewer hookups
— at Moccasin Branch
$36
Campsite with no hookups
— at Moccasin Branch
$26
Primitive tent campsite
— backpack and paddle-in sites at main access
$15
Camper cabins
*two-night minimum required
$58*

 

Senior Citizen and Military/Veteran Discount

Campers 62 years old or older and any veteran or active military members are eligible for a $6 discount per night on most reservations (except group campsites). When making a reservation online, check the box for the discount program to apply it to your reservation. When you check in at the park, please make sure you have a valid ID with your birthdate or proof of military service or veteran status to confirm the discounted rate.

There are no other discounts or passes for camping.

Volunteer as a Campground Host

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Campground hosts "live in" the park and assist park staff in maintaining the campgrounds and in serving campers. They typically answer questions, provide directions to local amenities, and inform campers of the rules and hours of the campground. They may also help register campers when the visitor center or park office is closed for the day, or they may sell firewood.

Campground hosts serve as the point of contact between campers and on-call rangers. They would report incidents, suspicious behavior, and other situations that may need to be addressed by staff.

Campground hosts serve as volunteers, so they do not get paid. A volunteer work schedule will be arranged with the park's host coordinating ranger. Those interested in serving as campground hosts should be willing to work flexible hours and be prepared to work on weekends and holidays.

Hosts will stay on the host campsite free of charge. Campground hosts serve for 1 month.

Hosts need to be willing to learn about the operations and general information about the park and the local area, in order to effectively assist campers. They must follow and comply with all North Carolina State Parks rules and regulations.

Hosts with pets are permitted, but they must follow pet rules at all times: dogs must be on a leash no longer than 6 feet, and they must be kept in the host's vehicle during quiet hours.