American Beech Trail is a 0.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lillington, NC that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Part of Raven Rock State Park
This trail is right next to the parking lot and is used heavily. It has educational features identifying natural elements and can thus be useful to beginners.
A very easy trail with 16 interpretative stations along the way to help learn about the local trees.
Shorter trail fairly close to the parking area. I really appreciated the focus of the American Beech tree in the area. The nuts this time of year are plentiful and make a great tactile learning tool for children. Some elevation change and roots on the ground can be a tad tricky to navigate below the leaves. Good spur trail to add to a longer hike.
Great little trail for kids with enough geographical interest to hold their interest. Nice and shady for those hot days and a cute little stream at the bottom.