What to do in Raven Rock State Park

Raven Rock State Park is home to a massive 152-foot high rock outcrop, which juts out at a 45-degree angle over the Cape Fear River area.

Park Hours: November- February 8 am - 7 pm; March and October 8 am - 7 pm; April, May and September 8 am - 8 pm; June-August 8 am - 9 pm. Office hours: 8:00 am - 5:00 p.m., Monday through Friday. Gates will remain locked, except in emergency situations, when the park is not in operation. Please plan accordingly. The park is closed Christmas Day.

Recreation
More than 12 miles of hiking trails let you wander through a variety of terrain. Scenic trails invite you to journey into the park's interior. Cape Fear Canoe Trail runs through the park.

Fish in small clear streams that have cut beds through soil and rock in their age-old rush to join the river. Best spots for fishing in the Cape Fear River are the Fish Traps and the mouth of Campbell Creek. Largemouth bass, crappie, warmouth, bluegill, catfish and sunfish are the plentiful.

A picnic area with towering oak and hickory provide shade for 31 tables and six grills. Drinking water and restrooms are located nearby. A smaller picnic area is located on the park's north side.

Group wilderness camping, wilderness family camping and a canoe campground are offered. Each has tent pads, fire circles and pit toilets.

Regularly scheduled education programs are offered or contact the park office to arrange a special exploration of Raven Rock for your group or class. Programs can be requested from the park staff.

Environmental Educational Learning Experience (EELE)–Raven Rock. Then and Now. Grades: 5, 6, 7 and 8. Introduces students to the geologic processes along the fall line, focusing on the Raven Rock area. Major concepts covered include: the rock cycle, rock and mineral characteristics, weathering and erosion and geomorphology.

A concession stand, located near the main parking lot, contains a snack and a drink machine. The picnic area, restrooms and partial number of picnic tables are handicapped accessible.

Location
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.

Climate
North Carolina has a temperate climate with mild winters and long fall and spring months. Summers can be hot and humid, especially in the piedmont and coastal plain region, which don't get relief from coastal breezes or higher elevations. The mountains tend to be substantially cooler and receive some winter snow.

In the Piedmont Region, winter daytime temperatures normally range from the upper 30's to the upper 40s. Summer daytime temperatures range from the high 70's to the low 90's. The state has a fairly wet climate with an average precipitation for this area averaging 44-52 inches (112-132 centimeters).

Address
3009 Raven Rock Road
Lillington, NC 27546

Phone: 910-893-4888

Fax: 910-814-2200

Email: ravenroc@foto.infi.net
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