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Length Difficulty Streams Views Solitude Camping
2.7 mls N/A
Hiking Time:
Elev. Gain:
1 hour and 15 minutes with 15 minutes of breaks
305 ft
Raven Rock State Park
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Park at the side parking area before the visitors center parking. 35.46196, -78.91183

By Trail Contributor: Zach Robbins (Contact Zach)

Raven Rock is the namesake landmark of Raven Rock State Park in the Piedmont region of North Carolina. The park sits along the fall zone between the Piedmont and the Coastal Plain, less than an hour south of the Triangle. This fall zone gives rise to geological oddities highlighted by Raven Rock and Cliffs of the Neuse State Parks. The most popular trail in the park and one of the most popular hikes near the Triangle leads to the cliff base of Raven Rock and an overlook 150 feet above the Cape Fear River. These chalky white cliffs at times rise 100 feet, an awe-inspiring scene this far east of the Blue Ridge Mountains. You won’t find cliffs like this until you reach the Kings Mountain range near Charlotte or the Sauratown Mountains near Winston-Salem. In addition to exploring the cliff base, the overlook has nice views upriver of the Fish Traps rapids and Northington Ferry. At 2.7 miles, this is a relatively short hike that can be completed in under 90 minutes. If you would like to hike more, consider the Campbell Creek Loop Trail on the west side of the park.

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By: Zachary Robbins Rating: Date of Hike: Saturday, August 31, 2019
I took my mom on this hike, very manageable for people in their 60s in average shape. Even though all parking lots were crowded we actually did not see many people on the loop. Maybe there was an event in another area of the park, or most people were hiking to Lanier Falls to swim. The cool thing about Raven Rock is even in the middle of summer, there is a significant cooling effect at the base since it faces north, is overhanging, and is beside the river. I would estimate it was at least 10F cooler at the base of Raven Rock compared to the trails up top.

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