Raven Rock State Park, Lillington

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Raven Rock State Park is a North Carolina state park in Harnett County, North Carolina in the United States. Located near Lillington, North Carolina, it covers 4,694acre along the banks of the Cape Fear River. Raven Rock State Park is located on the eastern edge of the Piedmont.
Raven Rock State Park sits along the fall zone, an area where the hard, resistant rocks of the foothills give way to the softer rocks and sediments of the coastal plain. The underlying rocks of the area were formed more than 400 million years ago by intense heat and pressure.
Through the ages, flowing waters and swirling winds gradually eroded the land, carving and sculpting Raven Rock. This immense crystalline structure rises to 150ft and stretches for more than a mile along the Cape Fear River. The rock was originally called Patterson's Rock for an early settler who found refuge there when his canoe capsized nearby. In 1854, its name was changed to Raven Rock, inspired by the sight of ravens that formerly roosted on rock ledges.
The Siouan and Tuscarora Indians hunted the area until European settlers arrived in the mid-18th century. The first settlers were primarily hunters and trappers who were searching for high country similar to their native country, Scotland. Later, stores, mills and quarries were built. Many of the woodlands were farmed, and as the forests returned, much of the land was harvested for timber. Using our online itinerary creator, Lillington attractions like Raven Rock State Park can form part of a personalized travel itinerary.
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  • This was a well-marked path and a pleasant, scenic walk. I felt safe. Parking was easy and the look-outs easy to find. 
    This was a well-marked path and a pleasant, scenic walk. I felt safe. Parking was easy and the look-outs easy to find.  more »
  • The campground is lovely with full hook up options with area with a picnic area and fire pit. I have stayed at site 14, 18 and 22, (handicap site.) The bathhouse is nice, and is closed every day for.....  more
    The campground is lovely with full hook up options with area with a picnic area and fire pit. I have stayed at site 14, 18 and 22, (handicap site.) The bathhouse is nice, and is closed every day for.....  more »
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  • Great park to take a few hikes in. Distances are reasonable for those with children with them and everything is very well marked. My only complaint really is the limited number of people that can be in the park. If you try to go mid day, expect a line of cars waiting to get in. Definitely check their website to see if they've hit capacity before going.
  • Amazing State Park tucked away in Lillington on the Cape Fear. New campground facility that is quiet and small and amazing. Easy access to the bike trails as well as to the main park. Would love a trail to the river from the campground and hope that comes in the future. Lots of excitement playing in the creeks for the kids and seeing the actual rock. Also have a primitive canoe in camp ground that is wonderful. Lastly they have bridle trails on the opposite side of the river for horseback or more secluded hiking.

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