American Beech Trail is a 0.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Mamers, North Carolina that offers the chance to see wildlife and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Directions from Lillington, NC: Raven Rock State Park is located in Harnett County, 6 miles west of Lillington and 20 miles east of Sanford. Turn off US 421 and follow Raven Rock Road for 3 miles to the park entrance. Park in the first lot after the entrance. Trail begins on east side of lot on the right side of the big shelter.
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.