Raven Rock Loop Trail

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Raven Rock Loop Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Lillington, NC that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles 292 feet Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

birding

camping

hiking

mountain biking

trail running

forest

river

views

waterfall

wildlife

bugs

muddy

rocky

Little Creek Loop is an easy 1.5 mile loop that connects the Raven Rock Loop Trail with Canoe Camp and Group Camp trails. Trail follows Little Creek along mountain laurel laden and gently rolling terrain. Little Creek Loop Trail is an easy 1.5 mile loop that connects the Raven Rock Loop Trail with Canoe Camp and Group Camp trails. Trail follows Little Creek along mountain laurel laden and gently rolling terrain. The section along the creek is more interesting as the return half tends to be more of a pine straw laden roadbed. Mountain laurel and exposed granite rocks along the creek remind you of a mountain environment. Good for trail running. Raven Rock State Park sits along the fall zone, an area where the hard, resistant rocks of the foothills gives way to softer rocks and sediments of the coastal plain. Through the ages, flowing waters and swirling winds gradually eroded the land, carving and sculpting Raven Rock. This immense crystalline structure rises to 150 feet and stretches for more than a mile along the Cape Fear River. The rock was originally called Patterson's Rock for an early settler who found refuge there when his canoe capsized nearby. In 1854, its name was changed to Raven Rock, inspired by the sight of ravens that formerly roosted on the rock ledges. The Sioux and Tuscarora Indians hunted the area until European settlers arrived in the mid-1700s. The first settlers were hunters and trappers looking for areas similar to their native country, Scotland. Later, they built stores, mills and quarries. Many of the woodlands were farmed, and as the forests returned, much of the land was harvested for timber. A road stretched from Raleigh to Fayetteville crossed the Cape Fear River via the Northington Ferry and served as the area's major transportation route. Locks and dams were built along the river to facilitate navigation by boat, and Raven Rock became an important landmark for river pilots. After a hurricane destroyed the locks and dams in 1859, the structures were not replaced; railroad transportation eliminated the need for river travel. As new roads were built, the ferry was closed and Raven Rock became a popular recreation spot. The remnants of the Northington lock and dam are seen in the park. In 1965, interest grew in preserving the area as a state park, and local citizens organized support for the project. In 1969, a bill establishing the park was passed in the General Assembly. More than 220 acres of land were purchased and another 170 acres were donated by Burlington Industries. Additional tracts have since been purchased, bringing the park to its present size of 4,684 acres. Source: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/history.php

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1 month ago

Great time with my husband! Saw ranger before we left the parking lot. he was so kind, gave us a map that showed the trails that were closed and made recommendations. so kind! went back to thank him after :) perfect day in NC

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1 month ago

Great place to run, walk, hike with your friends and family

1 month ago

Very nice trails, but some are still closed due to hurricane damage. Will be doing it again soon.

1 month ago

Good trail for running easy climbs and descents. Adding it to the Campbell Loop Trail and all the off-shoot trails makes for a fun 10ish miles of trail running.

1 month ago

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1 month ago

My husband and I recently did this hike for the first time and we enjoyed the beautiful view at the overlook. Parts of the trail were closed due to hurricane Matthew but we look forward to returning to see the parts that were closed.

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2 months ago

A nice easy hike with a canopy view and river-side area. I went here on my 20th birthday with a couple of friends - good times!

2 months ago

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2 months ago

I went to do a reconnaissance on a camp site I will be at later this month. I walked the Raven Rock loop minus actually going down th raven rock. I did add on a bit by going down to the canoe camp sites and back again to resume the RR loop.

3 months ago

3 months ago

Very fun hike waterfall is fun to jump in

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3 months ago

Beautiful place, lots to see.

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4 months ago

Beautiful place. My family love it .

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4 months ago

The trails are about a meter wide and there's several to choose from. It's a mix of dirt, sand, mud, and tree roots with varying elevation. The view at the overlook is decent. Brought my dog and he had a blast! Not very difficult, but overall good fun.

4 months ago

4 months ago

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5 months ago

Great trail! Lots of cool scenery. The bottom of the rock was really cool. Some good elevation changes but moderate enough that it wasn't too much for my kids.

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5 months ago