Raven Rock State Park
Raven Rock State Park is located in Harnett County, nine miles west of Lillington and 20 miles east of Sanford. Turn off U.S. 421 and follow Raven Rock Road for three miles to the park entrance. To get to the main areas of the park park via GPS, type in the address: 3009 Raven Rock Road, Lillington, NC, 27546 or use GPS coordinates: 35.459259, -78.912911. To reach the bridle trails, use the address: 1550 River Road, Fuquay Varina, NC 27526 or use GPS coordinates: 35.484444, -78.903324
Find out even more about Raven Rock State Park on the NC Parks website.
There are more than 12 miles of hiking trails out at the park for hikers of all fitness levels; from the easy Longleaf Loop (0.2 mile) and American Beech (0.5 mile) Trails to the moderate Campbell Creek Trail (4.9 miles).
Trek down the 136 stairs to Raven Rock with the Cape Fear River at its base and then hike up to Overlook on the Raven Rock Loop Trail (2.6 miles).
There is something for every hiker at Raven Rock State Park.
Raven Rock State Park has 8 miles of beautiful bridle trails. Access is by Hwy. 401 to Christian Light Road to River Road. The trails are comprised of two loops on the north side of the park, with Avent Creek running through the West Loop Bridle Trail.
All visitors with horses must be able to provide proof of a negative equine infectious anemia (Coggins) test.
Recently a vault toilet and new picnic benches have been added to the trails, and the parking lot was enlarged to help accommodate more trailers.
The Cape Fear River runs through the middle of the park and can be accessed only by hiking trails. There is no boat launch in the park.
Negotiate the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps on a portion of the Cape Fear Canoe Trail. The entire trail travels for 56 miles along the Cape Fear River from an access point at the U.S. 1 Bridge over Deep River.
Park led hikes and other fun events are held often at the park. Follow one of the Park staff as they introduce you to the flora and fauna that makes up Raven Rock State Park, and pick up little bit on its great history too.
Junior Ranger Program
The Visitor Center has free park maps, clean restrooms and staff who are happy to help you with any questions you may have. The Center also has a topographical map of the park, items for sale like water, Gatorade, snacks, t-shirts and hands, and souvenirs. There are also conference rooms, exhibits and an interactive area where you can learn more about Raven Rock's history and wildlife.
The Picnic Shelter, located at the far end of the first parking lot, has 8 tables (two accessible) and two grills (one accessible). It will accommodate up to 50 people and has electricity and water nearby. When not in use hikers rest and have a snack. The Shelter is available for rental year-round by reservation - free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis, if not reserved.
Through the ages, flowing waters and swirling winds gradually eroded the land, carving and sculpting Raven Rock. This immense crystalline structure rises to 150 feet and stretches for more than a mile along the Cape Fear River. In 1854, it was officially named Raven Rock, inspired by the sight of ravens that formerly roosted on rock ledges.