Explore the most popular fishing trails in Raven Rock State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Good trail; moderately uphill/downhill at times. Was just fine with three dogs. Plenty of opportunities for them to hop in the water and cool off/swim.

Beautiful trail but there were trees blocking a small portion of the path.

paddle sports
1 month ago

I’ve kayaked the Lower Cape Fear river from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 4.5 days on one trip and the upper from the dam to Lillington. The upper half has a good current for flat water but the lower is mostly class A’s. I enjoyed this river because it was chill but had to portage to often in challenging spots with lots of gear. Would still paddle it again.

Hiked this trail yesterday with my family. Met some really nice people along the trail. You’ll definitely work up a sweat on this one! The trail was very long and in my families opinion it was not worth the long walk to the tiny waterfall. We hike a lot in other states and have seen some amazing and very large waterfalls and this one happened to be a baby waterfall and for it being such a long walk 5 miles in and out it just didn’t seem worth it! It really wasn’t a waterfall looked like they placed a rock in the water and a stream of water just runs over it lol.

Nice views, not too busy mid afternoon. Bring bug spray the water causes mosquitoes.

Just be mindful of all the biker

This was my first time to Raven Rock, Hiked to the falls, I'm a little out of shape but have done a good out of hiking in the past. I did a little bit more than just the loop and was about 5.2 miles right at 2 hrs with a few stops. Great hike if you want to get out there and see what this state has to offer but don't want to spend all day hiking. A few inclines in there but nothing very steep.

Absolutely beautiful trail to hike with your dog! Definitely a moderate trail with a few small inclines.

9 months ago

Loved this trail. The end allows you to step out one some rocks on the river and my kids loved it. Great little trail with a great ending.

We love this trail and have been here multiple times. The creek is beautiful year round. Totally worth the 40 minute drive from Holly Springs. :)

Neat trail. First 2.5ish miles follows the creek bed. Some beautiful rock formations and scenic views of the creek. The apex of the loop is where the creek meets Cape Fear River. We brought collapsible rods with us and did some (unsuccessful) fishing. The view was gorgeous. It started to get dark so we headed back. The way back was not particularly thrilling but there were some nice bushes and canopies. Overall, an enjoyable hiking and fishing trip with the dog.

We got so lost and stuck there in the dark. The waterfall was pretty disappointing, like 2 ft high at most, but still beautiful. We took our shoes of and walked through it. It's quieter than the other trails at Raven Rock and is all natural terrain. It was definitely an adventure.

we kayak the cape fear alot !! so much fun!!

First time on any of the ravenrock trails. This trail is approximately 3 miles to the waterfall and 3 miles back. There are a lot of up hill and down hill stretches. Lots of roots sticking out of the ground and rock covering the trails. I wore walking shoes but would highly recommend hiking boots for ankle support. There are no trashcans/watering stations/or benches throughout the trail so bring plenty of water and snacks. The "waterfall" at the end of the trail was underwhelming. Only a couple feet tall. I did enjoy the trail overall. Didn't see any wildlife. Bring plenty of water.

Sunday, September 10, 2017

I did this with a 30 lb child in a carrier. Going down was easy, but there was just enough of an incline to make it a nice little workout coming back up. It was a gorgeous day and the river was low to where we could walk out on the rock bar to about halfway through the river. So cool!

Good hike. Will hike again.

First hike in nc that i'd been too. Seemed long but now that I look back wasnt to bad. this is a trail i would work my way into doing tho if i'd never been hiking. would recommend doing this early in the day.

"Moderate," difficulty is correct, especially if you're not prepared. We did the entire loop, plus a couple of side trips. We passed a couple families heading to the remote campground; it's a hilly, hard walk from the parking lot. While there are no falls, there were beautiful views of the river rapids. Definitely recommend, definitely will return!

Friday, May 12, 2017

My favorite spot in the park is at the end of this trail. The short trail is worth the hike for the river views.

This trail was very disappointing. The reviews, as well as the map, show this trail connecting with Campbell Creek Loop Trail which in-turn will lead you to Lanier Falls Trail. It does not. This trail just ends at Campbell Creek and if it has rained there is no bridge to cross at. The park has actually put up a sign explaining that the path connecting Northington Trail to Campbell Creek Loop Trail is not an authorized trail. So, unless you want to go for a swim, the only way to get to Lanier Falls is to take the Campbell Creek Trail.

Tuesday, May 02, 2017

Not much to do, should specify the length of the actual hike. Would be good for canoe or kayak trip, but only a1mile hike. Would have loved to seen the whole river maybe next time by kayak.

There is no waterfall but it's an enjoyable hike. I would call it a bit tougher than moderate, especially for someone that doesn't hike much. Including the various detours for river viewing, "waterfall" viewing is 6 miles with some pretty steep hills.

We thought we'd drive out for a little something different. It was a great hike but for us the Umstead Company trail or Loblolly is about the same and those trails are just a few miles from our house instead of the hour drive.

Saturday, February 25, 2017

Great trail! We did the full 5 miles plus the additional little trail to Lanier Falls. A little hilly in some parts and the trail back from the falls along Campbells Creek is so peaceful and serene. This is also a much more lightly trafficked trail than the Raven Rock loop trail, which can get fairly crowded.

Wednesday, February 22, 2017

Have driven along the Cape Fear many times, but to really know it is to hike along it or canoe in it. There is a nice place to rent canoes, kayaks, etc. at Cape Fear River Adventures just by the 401 bridge going into Lillington. Also good place to hike and camp at Raven Rock State Park just upstream from there. Many other places to visit along the river as well.

Perfect to get you heart pulling with hills. Dogs enjoyed this trail too.

Sunday, January 22, 2017

They opened up the whole loop yesterday. The hike is good, the distance is perfect. However, I wouldn't classify the waterfall as a waterfall if you're going for that, although the scenery is still beautiful. The trail is good for dogs too.

Friday, December 16, 2016

Great trail, however part of he trail was washed out during he hurricane

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