The Raven Rock Loop Trail is a tree-lined loop trail that follows the meandering Little Creek within Raven Rock State Park. This 4,694 acre State Park is situated along the banks of the powerful Cape Fear River. It features unique rock formations, high bluffs, and low plains. Hikers, campers, paddlers, and canine companions come here to get some exercise, some solace from the city, and to commune with nature. Taking a hike along the Raven Rock Loop Trail is the perfect way to do just that.
The park is open for day use until 7 p.m. during winter months, from November to February, and until 10 p.m. during the summer, from June to August. All other times, it is open until 9 p.m.
Raven Rock Loop Trail begins beside the picnic shelter next to the first parking lot once you enter the park. The trail itself is made up of natural surface and stairs. It's not an overly strenuous hike, and suitable for people and pups of all fitness levels.
The trail will take you through forests of mountain laurel, hardwoods, and majestic pines. After one mile, you'll reach stairs that lead down to Raven Rock. This is one of the main points of interest in the State Park, where you can hike under towering 150 foot rocks. Your pal will love to scamper over huge roots and downed boulders in this area like a wild dog. The next point of interest along the trail is the Overlook, situated 350 feet over the Cape Fear River. This overlook gives you a bird's eye view of of the surrounding landscape and river. You can watch bald eagles, osprey or vultures soaring across panoramic views and gorgeous sunsets.
To learn more about the area, you can check out the interpretive programs and exhibits in the park's Nature Center. Leashed dogs are welcome throughout all the outdoor areas, but pet-parents are reminded to always pick up after their doggos, so be sure to bring clean up bags. Having water on hand to share is a must too!
Raven Rock Loop Trail is sure to get your pup's tail wagging!