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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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  • We love to hike so it's was a nice find. We just moved here so we haven't explored the whole park. Some of the park was under construction but finding our way around was not complicated. Steeped on a ...  more »
  • We visited this park a few weekends ago in May. It was hot but not overly hot. When we arrived early afternoon all of the marked parking spots were full but the overflow lot was almost empty. We hiked...  more »
  • Located near the quiet town of Mamers, Raven Rock features hiking trails, nature stations, camping, horse trails, overlooks, and picnic areas. Spend the day or spend the weekend. Wonderful views of th...  more »

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