Explore the most popular nature trips 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.

A nice moderate trail to hike. The loop cannot be completed due to partial closure of the trail but an out and back hike to the falls is a nice hike. Segments of the trail have rocks and roots but I met quite a few trail runners on it.

nice hike except the part I couldn't take due to it being closed.

9 days ago

love this trail

Hiked the trail today but couldn't complete it because of the mud near the falls area. I had to turn around and go back because I didn't have waterproof shoes on today.

Part of the trail is still closed from storm damage but the overlook is still open and offers a scenic view of the river.

pretty easy except for one hill about 3.3 miles no jumps nor barrel curves hiker walk opposite direction but nice trail

backpacking
1 month ago

I believe this is the trail that goes out to the canoe group camp sites. My son and I enjoyed years out hiking, backpacking, and camping out on this area by the Cape Fear River.
From the parking lot the trail is a very vigorous 45 minute hike out to the
river camp sites. This trail is what I
would rate as strenuous, when carrying
gear for camping. So be advised.
Great fishing, awesome wildlife.
Bear, deer, owls, and more. It was
an awesome experience every time.

walking
1 month ago

Great hike. Don’t take a stroller. The kids loved it

It’s a trail littered with roots so be careful when walking. After Florence, the trail to the falls and the part of the loop are closed off.

hiking
2 months ago

We enjoyed our hike today but unfortunately Raven Rock Trail was close but we at least reach to the overlook and it’s a pretty cool view over the Cape Fear River. This State Park is well maintain with helpful & friend staff who make sure we are on the right trail.

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.

mountain biking
3 months ago

Awesome MTB trail, it has good downhill flow, can be quick at times along with catching a little air, and the uphill climbs are easy to moderate.

I moved from Fayetteville 10 years ago and pleasantly surprised when I visited this year at the improvements, beautiful welcome/learning center. I took my niece and had an incredible time! We went off the path, which allowed me to see parts I had not previously explored. I cannot wait for my next trip! This is family and pet friendly, lots of shade.

paddle sports
3 months 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.

Easy trail, well marked. A few wet areas and a small creek but you can stay dry crossing. 4.66 miles according to Fit Bit

loved this trail. there is an elaborate narrow wood stair case to take you down to the river, where you get a good view of the rocks. saw a copperhead, deer, frogs, fish, and owls. Take all the small extra out-and-backs (to see overlooks and the fish traps). the fish traps are igneous rocks in the river used by native Americans to trap fish. it's very humid in the summer, but shaded almost the whole time. there is a lot of Creek and river water to drink along the way if you have a filter bottle.

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.

The trail is very well maintained. I didn't see a single person, but I saw lots of wildlife including frogs, squirrels, and deer. I did this hike at dawn and saw about a dozen deer that let me walk within 15 meters of them. The entire trail is shaded with benches and garbage cans along the way for breaks. The views are okay, but not spectacular. To me this was a difficulty level and type of nature walk/day hike for a family with young kids. Also, signs have been posted NO mountain biking.

The trail was very muddy due to recent rain. The rain was great for the stream which had good volume and flow. Be sure to bring along water footwear so you can cross the stream, which is the highlight of the hike. Be aware this is a horse trail, so watch your step.

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

Just be mindful of all the biker

hiking
6 months ago

This has everything you need for a great day / hike. Plenty of canopy cover, wide paths, good elevation for cardio, streams for your pet to drink, awesome scenery and the sound of birds and water. I highly recommend this for family outings although going alone is great too.

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.

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely rocks!

hiking
9 months ago

Beautiful! Easy trail a bit harder for younger kids but works out because at the end there is a place to jump into the river. If you are looking for some fitness and fun for the summer time this is perfect and if you are just looking to get some good cardio in or nature appreciation then this is perfect.

Great trail and view!

Great day hike and good to start conditioning. It’s just a little out in the middle of no where.

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