American Beech Nature Trail Loop

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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 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.

0.7 miles
75 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





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.

8 months ago

It was a nice walk because we were short on time, but we didn’t feel there was much of interest. We’re returning to Raven Rock to try some of the longer trails that take you past more interesting natural features - like the Cape Fear River.

Friday, May 12, 2017

A good warm-up before hiking the longer trails.

Friday, June 10, 2016

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.

Thursday, May 28, 2015

A very easy trail with 16 interpretative stations along the way to help learn about the local trees.

Monday, November 19, 2012

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.

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

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.

Saturday, December 13, 2014