Ravenrock Loop Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mamers, North Carolina that features a waterfall and is good for all skill levels. 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.

Length2.6 miElevation gain272 ftRoute typeLoop
Dogs on leashKid friendlyCampingHikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningForestRiverViewsWaterfallWildflowersWildlifeBugsMuddyRockyScramble
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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

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.

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Erica Murphy
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The trail was well marked and well traveled.

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Kathy Lomaskin
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Walking

Nice easy trail, though lots of stair steps down to the river level to get to the best viewing of Raven Rock itself. Take your time. There are benches along the way to stop and rest on the way back up. The overlook is nice too, with a good view of the river from high above.

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Rebecca Jackson
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Amazing rock formations and views of the Cape Fear River. Definitely worth the hike! All the water and rocks and shade at Raven Rock made for a nice, cool, refreshing area to rest before heading back. Relatively easy hike except for the stairs. My 3-year-old ended up needing to be carried back to the car the last 3/10 mile because it was just too long of a walk for her, but my 5 and 7-year-olds did fine. Quite busy, lots of people. NOT a stroller friendly trail. Clean bathrooms at trail head.

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Charles Junis
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Vicki Lake
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Nice quiet trail on a rainy Friday morning in March.

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Liam Kelleher
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Nice little trail with a nice lookout.

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Christina Porter
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HikingGreat!

Great trail BEAUTIFUL View

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Holly McFadden
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FishingGreat!

Great Trail! There are 108 steps down to the lower part of the rock but lots of space to stop if you need to and take in the views. We really enjoyed this trail

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Kateryna Verlan
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Beautiful views

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Rene K
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Rene K
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Anna Brady
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Nice hiking area with beautiful scenery!

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Nike Hulskamp
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Hiking

great trail. lanier falls was a pretty view. dog friendly.

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Rob Schade
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Hiking

A great day out with the family. Easy hike with nice views of the river.

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Shawn McGovern
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Caroline F
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45 minute line to get in on a Sunday afternoon, so probably best to get there first thing in the morning. Absolutely do the Little Creek loop as well. Lovely creek lined with rhododendrons and mountain laurel — reminiscent of Appalachia. The only downside is all the people (it’s a heavily trafficked trail with lots of folks not wearing face masks).

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Michael Raynes
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Very nice trail leading to an impressive Raven Rock as well as an overlook over the Cape Fear River. Raven Rock is massive and after taking the long staircase down, the area between the Rock and the river is fun for exploring.

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Ashley Lutz
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Slightly muddy, but great hike

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David Sasser
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Melanie Willis
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This was my first time at Raven Rock State Park. It’s a nice trail-easy, but not too easy. I hiked this loop trail clockwise, and the trail was wet from all the recent rains, but not too bad. The detour to Raven Rock is just over halfway through the loop. The second half of the trail was practically a quagmire. It was very slow going. That said, we can’t control the rains, and it was otherwise a very nice trail, with lots of changes of scenery, a fantastic view of the Cape Fear River, and a little creek that runs prominently through the second half of the trail. I can’t wait to come back in the spring and summer.

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Tony Lynn
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Hiking

Great trail a little muddy but that’s to be expected. Plenty of stops along the way to enjoy the creeks and the scenery. Hiked it with to seven-year-olds and they did just fine we also did the fish trap trail which was nice but not as scenic

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Ann Melanson
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Very muddy at this time of year

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Crystal Willett
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Jocelyn Marie
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J W
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Jennifer Spencer
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After 4,738 days of rain, we ventured out on a weekday to get some much needed sunshine. After all that rain the trail was very muddy and parts, especially along the rocks, super slippery, but we had decent hiking boots so it wasn't a problem. What a fun and unexpected adventure. Really beautiful. And thanks to the mud and the time of week, we barely saw anyone. Definitely going back when everything is green again.

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Katrin P
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Beautiful hiking trail! Will definitely go again.

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Yasmeen St Germaine
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Luka Carbone
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Very muddy after all the rain but nothing some good hiking boots can’t handle. Well marked and maintained park and trail

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