Raven Rock State Park

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Raven Rock State Park

North Carolina

(910) 893-4888

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Overview

Should the humdrum of the work week leave you with the urge to travel and explore, head to Raven Rock State Park. Adventure is just an hour's drive from the Research Triangle and only 45 minutes from the Fayetteville area. The first feeling you are likely to experience at Raven Rock is one of renewal. Here, the forest reigns as each year the timeless cycle of growth further heals age-old wounds inflicted by man. Nature triumphs as plants compete in the stages of forest succession and the woodlands are restored. High above the Cape Fear River stands Raven Rock, its austere beauty a testament to the forces that have shaped the land. As the river below rushes to join the sea, nature's elements continue to shape the surface of this natural monument.

Map of Raven Rock (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 35.466348, -78.903254

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Activities

  • Boating

    Negotiate the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps on a portion of the Cape Fear Canoe Trail that runs through the park. The entire trail travels for 56 miles along the Cape Fear River from an access point at the US 1 bridge over Deep River. A buoy signals the location of the canoe camp in the park. Contact park staff for information about the nearest access points; there is no access area in the park. Periodic floods make the river dangerous for canoeing. Check with the park office for the current water level before launching your canoe. Portage dams, dangerous rapids.

  • Camping

    All supplies, including water, must be packed to these sites. Before camping, register your vehicle and obtain a camping permit at the park office.

    Follow Campbell Creek Loop Trail to reach the family wilderness campground, approximately 2.5 miles from the parking area. Five sites, each accommodating up to four people, offer tent pads, fire rings and a vault toilet. Sites are available on a first-come basis.

    Little Creek Loop Trail leads to the group wilderness camp, 2.2 miles from the parking area. Located along the Cape Fear River, the area offers fire rings and vault toilets and accommodates up to 20 people per campsite. Five campsites are available.

    Six campsites along the Cape Fear River Canoe Trail offer accommodations for canoeists. Located beside the river in a low-lying area, these sites include fire rings and a vault toilet. The canoe camping area is 1.7 miles from the park office and is not accessible by car. Canoeists should reserve sites by calling the park office before embarking on a trip.

  • Fishing

    The best places for fishing in the Cape Fear River are the Fish Traps and the mouth of Campbell Creek. Game fish in these waters include largemouth bass, warmouth, bluegill, catfish, redear and green sunfish. Other interesting species are longnose gar, American eel, chub, shiners, darters and pirate perch. Fishing is permitted during posted park hours only. Anglers must have a state fishing license. Regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.

  • Hiking

    A number of trails in the park traverse a variety of terrains. Raven Rock Loop Trail travels through a hardwood forest on its one-mile trip to the park's centerpiece, Raven Rock. Wooden stairs down the face of the river bluff lead to the base of Raven Rock where the river bank provides a place to examine the area beneath the overhang. A stone balcony along the way overlooks the river and the flood plains beyond. Other trails offer access to fishing holes and idyllic scenery. For information on distance and difficulty, see the park map.

  • Historic Sites

    Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Raven Rock State Park.

  • Horseback Riding

    Undeveloped woodlands on the north side of the river with areas set aside for parking and picnicking offer seven miles of trails for horseback riding. Land adjoining park bridle trails is posted private property. Respect the rights of landowners; do not trespass. Horses are not permitted on hiking trails.

  • Picnicking

    A wide trail leads to the picnic ground from the parking lots on the south side of the river. Towering oak and hickory trees provide shade for 27 tables and 8 grills. Drinking water, restrooms and a refreshment stand with drink machines is located nearby. A smaller picnic area is located on the north side of the park. Some picnic facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities.

  • Water Sports

    Enjoy canoeing and fishing!

Seasonality/Weather

Equestrians, to help avoid injury to your horse and damage to park natural resources, please avoid using the trails after periods of heavy rainfall.

Canoeists should be aware of current river levels as periodic floods can create dangerous conditions.

Directions

Driving

Raven Rock State Park is located in Harnett County, nine miles west of Lillington and 20 miles south of Sanford off US 421. From the junction of US 1 and US 421, follow US 421 South. Turn left onto Raven Rock Road, and follow it for three miles to the park.

From I-40, take I-95 to US 421. Travel north on US 421. After passing through Lillington, turn right onto Raven Rock Road and follow it for three miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(910) 893-4888

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