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Raven Rock State Park
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Beauty and tranquility are often discovered when you least expect them. Sitting amongst countless farms in the Eastern Piedmont, Raven Rock State Park is probably not at the top of many people’s hiking wish lists. But maybe it should be. The park’s namesake attraction, Raven Rock, is a massive 150-foot bluff above the mighty Cape Fear River.
While hordes of visitors hike to Raven Rock, you should go west on the Campbell Creek Loop Trail. This trail is not only much quieter, it features small streams hidden between ridges, an impressive river-wide drop called Lanier Falls, and the crystal clear water of Campbell Creek. If the water level is up, Lanier Falls is a surprising site this far east of the mountains. The 2-foot shelf drop spans the entire river, more than 200 feet of roiling brown water. Campbell Creek is the highlight of this trip with its clear water, pebble shoals, and rocky bluffs. The trail rarely strays more than 10 feet away from the creek providing an intimate hike as it flows downstream to the Cape Fear River. This hike is perfect for kids as it allows them to explore the creek with very minimal risk.