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Raven Rock State Park, Lillington
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Raven Rock State Park is a North Carolina state park in Harnett County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Lillington, North Carolina, it covers 4,694acre along the banks of the Cape Fear River. Raven Rock State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Piedmont.HistoryRaven Rock State Park sits along the fall zone, an area where the hard, resistant rocks of the foothills give way to the softer rocks and sediments of the coastal plain. The underlying rocks of the area were formed more than 400 million years ago by intense heat and pressure.Through the ages, flowing waters and swirling winds gradually eroded the land, carving and sculpting Raven Rock. This immense crystalline structure rises to 150ft and stretches for more than a mile along the Cape Fear River. The rock was originally called Patterson's Rock for an early settler who found refuge there when his canoe capsized nearby. In 1854, its name was changed to Raven Rock, inspired by the sight of ravens that formerly roosted on rock ledges.The Siouan and Tuscarora Indians hunted the area until European settlers arrived in the mid-18th century. The first settlers were primarily hunters and trappers who were searching for high country similar to their native country, Scotland. Later, stores, mills and quarries were built. Many of the woodlands were farmed, and as the forests returned, much of the land was harvested for timber.
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  • When you need an escape, pick a trail and hike here! Most are very shady and all are dog friendly (on a leash). Bring water and some snacks, and grab a map (around all of the parking areas) so you kno...  more »
  • This state park has many trails to choose from. All are great for hiking, biking, or running. I really enjoy walking down to the river with the kids. Will go back here often. I recommend this for anyo...  more »
  • This is a great place to take hikes. There is a trail that takes you to a huge rock cliff by the river. The Rock is like the side of a mountain you would see in the mountains. It's something unique to...  more »
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  • Beautiful and well maintained park. Had a great hike down to the river. It was much steeper than I expected - but that's a good thing if you are up for the challenge!
  • Just beautiful and peaceful. Such nice views. I have loved it since my babies were young. Now I take my grandkids.
  • Beautiful state park with interesting geology. Backpack camping and canoe/kayak camping available. The Cape Fear has a couple challenging class II/II+ rapids that folks paddling in should be aware of. Know what the water levels are before getting on the river, and know what that level means in relation to river difficulty and your personal abilities/skills. :)
  • We are fortunate to have many great State parks of which Raven Rock is one of them. The Park has a very knowledgeable and friendly staff, a great welcome center, plenty of parking spaces, picnic tables and hiking trails. Habitats in the park include dry upland hardwoods, moist north facing beech ravines, bottomland hardwoods, relict mountain plant communities on steep north facing cliffs, the Cape Fear River and clear water-spring fed tributary creeks. These habitats support very diverse populations of fungi, plants and animals. My favorite times to visit the park are when the spring wildflowers are flowering and birds are migrating and later when the mountain laurels and rhododendrons are flowering. The park will only get better as the plant communities mature and continue to recover from the damage done by hurricane hazel many years ago.
  • We moved to Lillington and have been visiting Raven Rock as often as possible. There are many trails ranging from easy to difficult. I bring my 2 and 7 year old kids there and they have no problems hiking most of the trails. Raven rock also has a wonderful program every 3rd Friday of the month for children, called natures seedlings. My kids absolutely love it, there are always exciting , educational activities and lots of fun! Be sure to check it out! Bring your kids !