West Loop Horse Trail

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West Loop Horse Trail is a 3.9 mile moderately trafficked 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, walking, nature trips, birding, and horses and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

3.9 miles
331 feet

dogs on leash

kid friendly



horseback riding

nature trips






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

1 month ago

The trail was very muddy due to recent rain. The rain was great for the stream which had good volume and flow. Be sure to bring along water footwear so you can cross the stream, which is the highlight of the hike. Be aware this is a horse trail, so watch your step.

trail running
11 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.
West Loop: I did both loops and started with the West Loop. It's a bit more rocky, hence, less runnable than the East loop. There are muddy sections which you can just skirt around. Water crossing is neglible as the level is very low. When you exit to River Road, turn right, walk for a minute, and on your right is a marker to re-enter the West Loop trail. This parallels the road and is about half a mile to the parking lot. I did not see any horses but lots of horse poop on the trail. Really enjoyed the peace and quiet as I was the only one on the trail.

Sunday, April 02, 2017

This trail is a hidden gem for hiking. Yes it's a horse trail but it's not used so heavily that it's not a good hike. One really fun part about this hike is you have to ford a stream that's about 1ft deep and 15 feet wide. Definitely would only hike this when it's warm enough you can take your shoes off and ford the stream. All in all a great hike, just may have to avoid the occasional horse poop in the trail. That keeps you alert though lol

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