Raven Rock State Park, Lillington

#45 of 156 in Nature in North Carolina
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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.
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  • 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 »
  • Just a Awesome park has come along way since the 90s my canine "gone on now"canine uriel primitive camped here alot between raven rock and san lee .At the rite time in the summer when drought one can....  more »
  • So many choices of trails..lots of them lead to the Cape Fear River. Watch some of the shorter trails can have the steepest inclines. Great place for photos. Trail good for pets. Some trails allow parking. Restroom were good with water fountains. We will return for more fun hiking and swimming!
  • This is a really nice park to take a hike at. Even on busy days there is still plenty of room on the trails. The popular trails are the ones that go to the look out. I have found that the loop trail to the left of the main building is less busy. It also still goes to the river, if that's your interest.

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