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Campbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail

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Raven Rock State Park

Campbell Creek and Lanier Falls Loop Trail is a 4.7 mile heavily 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.

Length 4.7 mi Elevation gain 600 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Kid friendly Camping Fishing Hiking Nature trips Walking Bird watching Running Forest River Views Waterfall Wild flowers Wildlife Bugs
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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 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.

Two large paved parking areas, one near Raven Rock Loop, Fish Traps, Northington Ferry, American Beech, Group Camp, and Little Creek Loop trailheads, and one next to the Visitor Center and Campbell Creek trailhead. Fulltime VC, restrooms, picnic tables, auditorium / classroom, camping, and shelters. More info here: http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/facilities.php

Raven Rock State Park 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC 27546 (910) 893-4888 raven.rock@ncparks.gov http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/main.php GPS: 35.4597, -78.9127 North Carolina Div. Of Travel and Tourism, 301 N. Wilmington Street , Raleigh, NC, 27601, Phone: 919-733-4171

Swimming is possible at Lanier Falls in the summer but water shoes are highly recommended and you should be very careful on the rocks and in the water. If the river is running high or you are not a confident swimmer, you should probably stay out of the water. Bug spray is recommended in the summer. Dogs are allowed, but MUST be kept on a leash at all times.

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. Continue straight after the entrance and the road will end at a parking lot where Campbell Creek Trail begins on the western side of the lot.

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Doralee Bohner
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Super workout for a 55 year old

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Stan Ingold
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Nice trail - take the loop clockwise, you’ll do the hardest part first while you’re still fresh. On the edge between moderate and difficult due to the NUMEROUS tree roots on the trail that had to be navigated.

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Todd Bunze
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Zachary Klawetter
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Not difficult, but very pretty and we'll maintained trail. on part of the trail. it seemed like every tree had something carved into it... other than that an awesome short hike. that you can dip your toes in the water and have some lunch.

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Michael Matasick
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Kim Gaughran
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This trail has a little of everything. Went on 9/9 (wed) around 12:30 in the afternoon and saw 4 other hikers throughout the entire trail, not crowded in the slightest. A small tree was down in the pathway, but easy to walk around it. Nicely marked. Climb down the the falls, steep and wet but worth it!

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Jonathan Walker
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Great trail. There are plenty of climbs and rocks in the trail.

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Heather Gilberry
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Jen Zazworsky
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awesome trail but not part of raven rock as suggested in the description so just fyi if you do the red trail line from the map it’s off creek loop

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Alex McLarnon
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Arrived at the park at 10:30 on a Sat. morning and there was a line-up of cars waiting to enter the park. The rangers were operating a one in one out policy for the park so we ending up waiting in line for about 15 mins. As to the trail itself, nice and tree-covered throughout. A good portion of the trail runs alongside the river.

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K Brown
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Corey Snipes
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Nice trail felt longer than I expected but some nice sights once you get to the rapids

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Marina Frank
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Family friendly

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The Kisers
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Very nice trail overall, so I would recommend for most people! Well-marked with blue circles throughout. Hard to get a good view of the waterfall, but the loop hike was worth it alone anyways. Half the loop meanders through the books and I would recommend this side first. The second half walks alongside the creek where many people wade through the water.

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Krystal Skarvelis
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Nice trial that is very dog friendly. Lots of incline parts but good hike. Lots of people but it was the weekend. Definitely do it again, not sure about doing all the trails the same day again though

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Leanne Killmeyer
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Perfect!

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Jason Riggio
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Probably my favorite trail so far in the area. Well marked, great scenery throughout and not overly difficult. On a low traffic day, there’s some nice spots to stop and have lunch or read a book too.

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Heather Gilberry
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First solo trail experience and it was great.

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Regan & Clancey English
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Overall good experience. If you intend to see the falls, be prepared for there to be people just spread out all around them not moving. Makes it hard to get decent pictures and views. But overall quality of the hike itself was nice.

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Kelly Wiles
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Well kept. The stairs down at the end were really the only elevation change. Nice and shaded throughout.

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Matthew R
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Amazing trail! I really enjoyed it! There were some bugs but nothing bug spray can’t fix. I also really enjoyed the landmarks in the pro app. Fun trail with creeks and river!

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Isabel Ross
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very hot. would do again.

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Richard and Megan Mears
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The length of the trail was great and ended with a beautiful view of Lanier Falls. We rated this 4 stars only because of the amount of roots and rocks that can end in twisted ankles for trail runners. Would suggest high top shoes if you want to run this trail.

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EMILY Fornek
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Uphill at the end was rough!

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J A
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Lots of tree roots and some elevation change. It was hard to get down to the falls (which were more impressive than expected due to recent rain). I enjoyed the hike by the stream the most.

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WanYun Cheng
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Very nice hike with 2 kiddos.

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Amy Rauber-Patton
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Good trail, has spots of standing water from all the rain but they were navigable. The number of people increased as the morning went on and when we left at 11:30 the parking lots were pretty full.

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Lexi Swanson
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The trail is gorgeous and very good for trail runs, especially when you do the loop that follows the creek. the views at the Cape River are a bit limited unless youre willing to do some careful mud crawling/rock scrambling

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Brianna Mocan
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