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#9 of 42 state parks in North Carolina

Best trails in Raven Rock State Park

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Looking for a great trail in Raven Rock State Park, North Carolina? AllTrails has 13 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 9 easy trails in Raven Rock State Park ranging from 0.7 to 4.6 miles and from 272 to 351 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park. Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument. Spend some time at Raven Rock State Park and let nature refresh your spirit. 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.

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Map of trails in Raven Rock State Park
Park information
Acreage:
4,667 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Contact
(910) 893-4888
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Top trails (13)
#1 - Ravenrock Loop Trail
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 9 m
Ravenrock Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mamers, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options aShow more
#2 - Campbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 4.7 mi • Est. 2 h 18 m
Please note: The park is open, but there are a few trail closures due to hurricane damage. Canoe Camp and Group Camp are closed. The East Loop Bridle Trail is closed due to trail construction. Please Show more
#3 - Fish Traps Trail
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 1.8 mi • Est. 52 m
Fish Traps Trail is a 1.8 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Mamers, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activitShow more
#4 - West Loop Horse Trail
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
West Loop Horse Trail is a 4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of aShow more
#5 - Northington Ferry Trail to Lanier Falls
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 12 m
Northington Ferry Trail to Lanier Falls is a 4.6 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Lillington, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. The traiShow more
#6 - Little Creek Loop
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
Little Creek Loop Trail is located near Mamers, North Carolina. The trail is great for hiking. Little Creek Trail is a u-shaped trail which connects to the Raven Rock Trail. The trail is used primariShow more
#7 - Raven Rock
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 3 mi • Est. 1 h 21 m
Users reporting the spur down the stairs to the river is closed. Not to be confused with the Raven Rock hike from the state park visitors center, this hike is on the other side of the river, from theShow more
#8 - East Loop Horse Trail
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 52 m
East Loop Horse Trail is a 4.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of actShow more
#9 - Cape Fear River
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 13.8 mi • Est. 5 h 37 m
Cape Fear River is a 13.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lillington, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity Show more
#10 - American Beech Nature Trail Loop
Raven Rock State Park
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Length: 0.7 mi • Est. 20 m
American Beech Nature Trail Loop is a 0.7 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 oShow more
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