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Raven Rock Loop Trail

Easy/Intermediate
 4.4 (11)

A lovely trail through the woods that convenes on the beautiful Raven Rock formation.


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2.2

Miles

3.5

KM

Loop

347' 106 m

High

200' 61 m

Low

175' 53 m

Up

176' 54 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (2°)

10%

Max Grade (6°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly Easy trail surfaces, picnic tables, and benches along the route make this one a good fit for the whole family.

There is camping within the park, but is by reservation only and is located only in designated camping spots.

Description

This trail begins from the parking lot and passes a small restroom. Immediately, it becomes enshrouded in a beautiful canopy of woods. The trail is wide and well kept through this section as it follows its characteristic orange-circle blazes. Along the way, expect to see many other people.

In about 0.8 miles, the trail reaches a fork, where the left option takes you onto the Fish Traps Trail and the right continues on Raven Rock. Staying to the right, continue to follow the orange blazes. There are a few benches and pull off areas for resting. The entire trail is full of tall pine trees and begins to follow the Little Creek. There are built-in stairs at a few of the steeper areas, making it a great trail for jogging. There is a scenic overlook in about 0.5 miles after the fork that consists of a manmade structure that gives views of the Cape Fear River.

After 1 mile is another trail junction with Little Creek Loop and the view to Raven Rock itself. Continuing toward Raven Rock leads to a wooden stairway that goes downward toward a beautiful rock-and-cliff formation on the bank of the Cape Fear River. The river bank has plenty of hiking area to view the cliffs further along. Many families and other trekkers convene here, so it can get crowded and loud, but if you hike to the right along the river bank there are many more secluded areas to stop and relax.

To continue along the loop, you must double-back up the stairs to the junction with Little Creek Loop. From there, the Raven Rock Loop Trail continues under its shrouds of greenery back to the parking area.

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  4.4 from 11 votes

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Photos

Frozen waterfall!
Mar 25, 2015 near Broadway, NC
Raven Rock
Nov 25, 2017 near Broadway, NC
View of the River from Raven Rock
Nov 25, 2017 near Broadway, NC
Raven Rock Loop Trail
Mar 25, 2015 near Broadway, NC
Scenic Overlook
Nov 25, 2017 near Broadway, NC
Raven Rock Loop
Nov 25, 2017 near Broadway, NC

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Aug 25, 2020
Loretta Garrison
Jun 28, 2020
Jeff Johnson
Jun 21, 2020
Matt Moberly
Jun 18, 2020
Debie Talbot
9h 58m
Mar 8, 2020
AJ M
2.7mi — 1h 21m
Jan 20, 2020
David
Nov 29, 2019
Michael Warren
Beautiful trail. Forgot how nice the cliffs are
Nov 5, 2019
Sue Harmon