Campbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail

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Campbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Lillington, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 4.7 miles Elevation Gain: 600 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

[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 check at the visitor center for routes. Please do not cross barricades or danger tape. Avent's Creek Access and Bridle Trails are CLOSED TO ALL USERS due to extremely wet and unsafe conditions. Please check with the Park before accessing these areas. Do NOT park outside of gates and walk in.] Raven Rock State Park is off of Hwy 421 between Sanford and Lillington, NC. The park is best known for its namesake rock - Raven Rock. The Campbell Creek/Lanier Falls Trails are about 5 1/2 miles when combined and can be completed in 2-4 hours. Generally speaking, these trails are much less traveled than the the Raven Rock trail. Even on days when the Raven Rock trail is busy, these trails are usually deserted. The visitor center has maps, restrooms, water, and a small museum. The visitor center is Gold LEED certified and there is a small display which explains some of the steps taken to achieve the certification.

Loved the trail which takes you to lanier waterfalls!

hiking
29 days ago

I am just getting back into shape and was not prepared for this trail. I was wearing low top sneakers and they did not provide enough ankle support on some of the uneven terrain. Great trail, lots of cover, and a small side path to the bank of the Cape Fear River.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice easy five mile trail, well-shaded. Well worth the effort.

2 months ago

My dogs were exhausted at the end - exactly what I wanted.

2 months ago

well marked trail. we had a great day hiking this trail. make sure to bring plenty of water and some snacks.

5 months ago

Great hike with pups! Take water, will be hot in the summer

hiking
5 months ago

Great Hike yesterday. A bit busy as wife and I encountered 67 other hikers on the Campbell Loop trail. Trail is back to a good condition after last year's flooding.

Great trail along the water.

hiking
5 months ago

There is a trash can where the loop splits and a bathroom at the campsites about halfway.

Muddy, not very scenic but a moderate hike if you are looking to get some exercise.

hiking
6 months ago

this is turning out to be one of my favorite trails in Raven Rock State Park. today we took the route that followed Campbell Creek all the way to the falls.with this hike, the view of the cape fear River isn't as spectacular as the actual Raven Rock spot. but the trail following Campbell Creek is very interesting and fun to follow. first-time visitors to the state park should always go to the Raven Rock site first but once you've kind of explored that area I highly recommend this trail.

hiking
6 months ago

I really enjoyed this loop trail. It’s about 4.5 miles, so longer than the more popular Raven Rock loop, and every bit as enjoyable. About half of the loop follows a very steady flowing creek with plenty of nice areas to stop and just enjoy the sound of the flowing water. Lanier falls (not really a water fall more like a rapid) is a really nice stop along this hike. Take 2.5 to 3 hours to really enjoy your time on this trail.

6 months ago

we normally go to the more popular Raven Rock trail but this was really enjoyable especially the portion that follows the creek. definitely a trail we will do again.

6 months ago

river portion is nice.

muddy
rocky
washed out
6 months ago

Excellent hike. Rocky and lots of roots to keep and eye on. muddy in spots but can get by them pretty easy. first part is right next to the river, beautiful area!

hiking
muddy
off trail
washed out
6 months ago

We go here all the time to hike with our dog. We really enjoy the first half of the loop because it follows the water. The second half is uphill and through the woods so we usually turn around after spending some time at Lanier “Falls” (not much of a waterfall but still nice). Part of the trail has been recently washed out so you have to go off trail a bit to get around the washed out part but it’s manageable. Overall, I recommend this trail to anyone looking for an easy hike on a nice day.

6 months ago

great place to hike absolutely loved it ❤️

7 months ago

Great moderate trail. Challenge due to the roots on the trail. Not recommended for trail runners, but there is a camp site made to hike out to. It’s relatively seclusive but a little busy on the weekends. Tail consists of various mediums from clay and mud to sand and dirt with some rocks here and there. Good hiking boots to avoid twisting an ankle.

7 months ago

Under water at one point but you can pass if you go off the trail or you can go right through the water like I did. Also a little muddy and slippery throughout. All in all it was a fun trail

hiking
7 months ago

Full loop is now open again. There are still some small sections that are really muddy but you can easily go around them.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

hiking
8 months ago

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.

10 months ago

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
11 months ago

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.

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