East Loop Horse Trail

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East Loop Horse Trail is a 4.2 mile loop trail located near Fuquay-Varina, North Carolina that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.2 miles
249 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly


horseback riding




Bridle trails are across the Cape Fear River from Raven State Park Visitor Center. To reach the bridle trails, use the address exactly as typed: 1550 River Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 or GPS coordinates: 35.484444, -78.903324; can use the park map at http://www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/raro/pics/parkmap.pdf. From Hwy 401, take Christian Light Road to River Road (SR1418). Raven Rock State Park has created a list serve for updates on the East and West Loop Bridle Trails. These updates will only be sent when the trail status changes. If you are interested in receiving emails of bridle trail status changes please call the park office and leave your preferred email address at 910-893-4888 extension 107 or email raven.rock@ncparks.gov

trail running
5 months ago

Getting to the Trailhead: The TH is not in the main Raven Rock State Park. It is another 30mins drive from there. River Road starts as paved road but the last .6 miles to the TH, it becomes gravel.
East Loop: I did both loops and started with the West Loop. I find the East loop less rocky and more runnable. Water crossing is not an issue as it is super low. There are muddy sections and horse poop that you just need to go around. It was a very hot and muggy day. I put on bug spray but was not really bothered by them at all. 'Love the tranquility of running this trail alone.

9 months ago

A good hike and hidden gem of raven rock. Most people only use these as horse trails but they make for good hiking as well! Just have to dodge the occasional horse poop in the trial but that keeps you alert! Lol.

11 months ago

easy hike, great for the kids

2 months ago

5 months ago

5 months ago

horseback riding
Saturday, May 16, 2015