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.

4.7 miles
600 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly





nature trips

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wild flowers


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.

16 days ago

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

21 days ago

Just be mindful of all the biker

23 days ago

Love this trail.

25 days ago

Great hike

1 month ago

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.

6 months ago

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

6 months ago

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. :)

6 months ago

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.

6 months ago

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.

9 months ago

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.

11 months ago

Good hike. Will hike again.

Monday, May 15, 2017

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.

Sunday, May 14, 2017

"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!

Monday, April 10, 2017

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.

Sunday, March 05, 2017

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.

Tuesday, January 24, 2017

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

Saturday, November 05, 2016

Love this trail for easy trail running, and adding it to the Raven Rock Loop for a longer run.

Monday, September 05, 2016

Beautiful area, great for kids, and has a cool swimming area at the mid-way point.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

beautiful, mostly shaded trail. more like 6 miles with the falls added in.

Sunday, August 28, 2016

After not hiking/walking in months, this was a killer. BUT I will do it again. Must have lost 10 lbs today!

Sunday, August 21, 2016

We had a great time in this hike. I will recommend this trail for everyone who has a dog.

trail running
Sunday, August 07, 2016

Absolutely beautiful trail. It was a challenging trail with just the right amount of elevation changes. I highly recommend running this trail. Also, try the Raven Rock Rumble held annually in November on this trail. They host a challenging 5 mile and 10 mile course. It's a great time.

Friday, August 05, 2016

Loved it! Lots of trails to choose from, ranging from moderate (5miles) to easy(1-2miles). A couple overlooks that are worth the hike! There are a couple of small waterfalls that are nice, but they aren't what you would categorize waterfalls as-think rafting. The hikes are great! Highly suggested!

trail running
Friday, August 05, 2016

I run this trail a few times a month. It's one of my favorite trails to run. It's mellow enough so you can really open up but rocky and rooted enough to be a proper trail run. The half mile stretch down to the loop provides a nice uphill for the finish.

Sunday, July 31, 2016

Oh my love it. Kids made 6 miles hike. Awesome trail.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

We had a blast trying to find our way around the loop in the dark. Eventually, we couldn't... so it ended up being 3 miles out and 3 miles back but it was so much fun and an overall experience!!

Saturday, June 25, 2016

The trail was great. It was very well maintained and had a very clean facility with friendly staff at the trail head. The trail is located inside the Raven Rock State Park, so use that when searching for GPS directions. The elevation of the trail is fairly easy. I was able to maintain around a 4 mile/hour pace and complete a total of 5.2 miles (including a short extra bit to see a waterfall) in about 80 minutes. This trail was well worth the 35-40 minute drive from Fayetteville.

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