With spectacular terrain, abundant wildlife, and a long list of recreational activities on offer, Raven Rock State Park has a lot to offer to outdoor enthusiasts. However, the most pleasing feature it can offer to dog lovers is pet-friendly camping for those who aren't afraid to "ruff" it.
Covering 4,694 acres near Lillington, North Carolina, this wonderful park runs along the banks of the famed Cape Fear River. The river is home to the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps, making the park a popular destination for canoeists. Excellent fishing is also on offer, with anglers able to target largemouth bass, warmouth, bluegill, and a range of other species.
If you want to explore the surrounding terrain, Raven Rock State Park offers numerous trails that can be tackled on foot or on horseback. The 2.6-mile Raven Rock Loop Trail, which traverses through hardwood forest on its way to the "stone balcony" that is Raven Rock, is a particular highlight.
If you plan on staying a while, the park features primitive backcountry camping areas for families, groups, and paddlers. If you're after a quiet and secluded camping getaway, and if you don't mind carrying in all your supplies, this is the pawfect spot for you.
Please note that primitive camping is the name of the game in Raven Rock State Park, so if you like to spend your vacations in luxurious comfort, this probably isn't the place for you. Also, you don't need to pay an entry fee to enjoy Raven Rock State Park, but camping fees do apply.
Dogs are welcome on all campsites, but you'll need to keep your pet leashed and under control at all times. As always, you must also show courtesy to other park visitors and clean up your dog's waste.
With these tasks taken care of, all that's left to do is enjoy spending some quality time in the great outdoors with your canine companion right by your side.