Raven Rock Loop Trail

Raven Rock State Park, North Carolina

Distance2.0mi
Elevation Gain558ft
Trailhead Elevation343ft
Top347ft
Elevation Min/Max198/347ft
Elevation Start/End343/343ft

Raven Rock Loop Trail

Raven Rock Loop Trail is a hiking trail in Harnett County, North Carolina. It is within Raven Rock State Park. It is two miles long and begins at 343 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 4.1 miles with a total elevation gain of 558 feet. Near the trailhead there are restrooms, drinking waters, a telephone, a vending machine, a recycling, parking, and an information brochure. The Raven Rock cliff can be seen along the trail. There is also a viewpoint along the trail. This trail connects with the following: American Beech Nature Trail and Fish Traps Trail.

Raven Rock Loop Trail Professional Reviews and Guides

"Raven Rock State Park is best known for its namesake rock face, a massive bluff that towers 150 feet above the Cape Fear River. You won’t be going there, though, because that’s where everyone who visits the park goes—it’s the Space Mountain of this magic kingdom. You’ll be heading down Campbell Creek Loop Trail, which captures the best of the rest of the park. Including the solitude."

"Th is route follows the Campbell Creek Loop Trail and the Lanier Falls Trail to explore a large portion of the park’s southwest section. Th e trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Raven Rock Road. You cross over Campbell Creek and then follow alongside the creek. Once you reach Cape Fear River, you have excellent views of the high bluff s that line the riverbank. A spur trail leads to Lanier Falls, a small fall near the bank of the Cape Fear River. Here a small rocky peninsula can be accessed on the other side of the falls. Th is bit of land that juts into the wide river is a popular fi shing spot and a great place for a picnic, swimming, and sunning. Past the falls you reach another spur trail that leads to backcountry campsites, so you can turn your day hike into an overnight camping trip. Th is is a great route if you’re looking for an introduction to backpacking or an overnight fi shing or camping trip. Th e path explores a pine-and-oak forest before returning to the parking lot and visitor center."

"Th is route in the southeast section of the park follows the Raven Rock Loop Trail and leads to the namesake Raven Rock, an impressive crystalline rock formation that reaches up to 150 feet high and stretches more than a mile down the Cape Fear River. Th e trail begins at the parking lot at the end of Raven Rock Road and travels through oak, pine, and hickory upland forest. Closer to the Cape Fear River the trail winds through a fl oodplain forest of sycamore, beech, and birch trees. Th e path then arrives at an overlook that off ers spectacular views of the steep rhododendron- and mountain laurel–covered bluff s that comprise the riverbanks below. Th e route follows the crest of these bluff s alongside the Cape Fear River and descends a series of wooden steps to the Raven Rock formation. Before circling back around to the parking lot, you can extend the hike by exploring the American Beech Trail through a large and impressive beech grove."

Raven Rock Loop Trail Reviews

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2/3/2018
Flat - exceptions of stairs to river to view rock. Nice for winter. Short and easy!
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5/22/2010
This is a wonderful park and this trail is only one of many. The trail follows a creek that emptys into a river. The terrain is varied and the trail is well marked. Its a moderate terrain. We'd love to go back and visit the other trails.
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2/21/2009
I was looking for a place to break in some new boots, get the family out doors, and introduce my 6 year old son to a little hiking. We went on the 2+ mile loop down to Raven Rock and back. We really enjoyed the afternoon. The facilities have been recently upgraded with some Federal Recovery funds so the facilities are top notch (new buildings, parking lots, picnic area). The hike was really easy going for the most part with a gentle grade down to the river following a small picturesque stream and ending with some fairly steep stairs wrapping next to a waterfall (dry unfortunately on my trip) down to the river bank where the large cliff rocks are located giving the park its name sake. The trail was in really good shape outside a good bit of mud next to the river area (not unexpected we've had some rains). Not at all challenging from a hiking standpoint but very family friendly and very enjoyable none the less. Next trip I plan on doing the outer loop that has an overlook and is 5+ miles and possibly trying out the campgrounds to break in some new gear. It was a very nice day so the trail was fairly busy but not overly crowded but I'm hoping the longer loop is a bit less busy. Would absolutely recommend this trail to others especially if you're looking for an easy hike with the family but more nature then your typical community park.
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8/31/2008
Great park for hiking- there are a few trails. Overlooks the Cape Fear River. Some climbing up and down stairs. Had a great time hiking here.
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Oct 2018