Raven Rock State Park
3009 Raven Rock Rd, Lillington, NC, USA
www.ncparks.gov/Visit/parks/… - (910) 893-4888
Raven Rock State Park Lillington Reviews
Raven Haven Dec 29, 2011
Although I didn’t discover anything astounding at Raven Rock State Park, that is not a negative. What I did discover was a marvelous spot for a relaxed and refreshing walk through the woods. I hit the trails fairly early on a frosty morning, but there was brilliant sunlight and a splendid sound track – heard quite a few critters scurrying away, and complementing a chorus of bird calls was the frequent thwack-thwack-thwack of woodpeckers.
I was delighted to find the Visitor’s Center open when I showed up (their hours are 8A-5P daily), and in addition to some tasteful and informative displays, the ranger at the front desk gave me a great rundown of hiking options. Due to the early launch, I didn’t run into anyone else on my way to the park’s namesake attraction, Raven Rock, even with a short detour along the American Beech Trail, which has numbered markers and a pamphlet with excellent info on the park’s flora and fauna. This trail is only a half mile and recommended if you visit the park with a ‘junior’ hiker in tow – they really did a nice job in structuring this trail. I particularly enjoyed the “dial a tree” station, where you spin an arrow towards a tree, revealing the tree’s identity and brief bio.
Raven Rock is a ledge containing a lot of quartz, and I suspect it's majesty is glittering in the sunlight. When you reach the destination as early as I did, unfortunately, the ledge sits in the shadows and is rather unimpressive (meaning it was just another ledge along a creek). Still pretty, and there is a nice overlook as the trail loops back to the Visitor’s Center and parking area. I was glad to see the trails bustling with hikers during my return, affirming this out-of-the-way spot drew a fair share of visitors.
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