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.
Raven 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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  • Just a Awesome park has come along way since the 90s my canine "gone on now"canine uriel primitive camped here alot between raven rock and san lee .At the rite time in the summer when drought one can....  more »
  • Ive been going to Raven Rock for 30 years and waited forever for the bike trails only to have the rangers shut them down because of rain,really? I am out there to get a work out and they close the...  more »
  • This is a great brand new campground there are some issues that will probably help some people number one they lock you in at 7o’clock at night if you’re not back to the campground at 7 o’clock you...  more »
  • So many choices of trails..lots of them lead to the Cape Fear River. Watch some of the shorter trails can have the steepest inclines. Great place for photos. Trail good for pets. Some trails allow parking. Restroom were good with water fountains. We will return for more fun hiking and swimming!
  • This is a really nice park to take a hike at. Even on busy days there is still plenty of room on the trails. The popular trails are the ones that go to the look out. I have found that the loop trail to the left of the main building is less busy. It also still goes to the river, if that's your interest.
  • Nice park with cool walking trails and interesting plant life. The Raven Rock overlook is fantastic - you can see an enormous swath of the Cape Fear River, and that's great in wvery season. If you're concerned, there are many dogs on this trail, so steel yourself or really think about whether your own dog can handle that stress.
  • This park has plenty of hiking, a few nice views, plenty of shade, and makes for a relaxing day. Most of the trails aren’t too difficult, so they’re pretty kid and dog friendly. A lot of the trails also loop together, so you can customize your experience too. If you’re looking for an easy place to hike and happen to be in the area, then this is the place for you.
  • It's a really beautiful walk and a very quiet place my only complaint is they need to have a better description of the trail itself because it's very misleading they say that it's a loop of 4.9 miles but in all actuality it's not it's a 3-mile hike to a loop of 2 miles that is the attractions. So you have to walk 3 miles to get to the attractions on the hike and then another two miles on top of that which makes it collectively a 10-mile hike which is not evident. But aside from that very beautiful definitely worth it and I love that they have the park open until 9

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