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greenBlue Raven Rock Loop Trail

Trail

2.2 mile 3.5 kilometer point to point
97% Runnable
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 175' 53 m
Descent: -176' -54 m
High: 347' 106 m
Low: 200' 61 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 3% (2°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Hwa San

A lovely trail through the woods that convenes on the beautiful Raven Rock formation.

Hwa San

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

There is camping within the park, but is by reservation only and is located only in designated camping spots.

Runner Notes

The trail can become crowded and the stairs down to Raven Rock create a large bottleneck.

Description

This trail begins from the parking lot and passes a small restroom. Immediately, it becomes enshrouded in a beautiful canopy of woods. The trail is wide and well kept through this section as it follows its characteristic orange-circle blazes. Along the way, expect to see many other people.

In about 0.8 miles, the trail reaches a fork, where the left option takes you onto the Fish Traps Trail and the right continues on Raven Rock. Staying to the right, continue to follow the orange blazes. There are a few benches and pull off areas for resting. The entire trail is full of tall pine trees and begins to follow the Little Creek. There are built-in stairs at a few of the steeper areas, making it a great trail for jogging. There is a scenic overlook in about 0.5 miles after the fork that consists of a manmade structure that gives views of the Cape Fear River.

After 1 mile is another trail junction with Little Creek Loop and the view to Raven Rock itself. Continuing toward Raven Rock leads to a wooden stairway that goes downward toward a beautiful rock-and-cliff formation on the bank of the Cape Fear River. The river bank has plenty of running area to view the cliffs further along. Many families and other trekkers convene here, so it can get crowded and loud, but if you run to the right along the river bank there are many more secluded areas to stop and relax.

To continue along the loop, you must double-back up the stairs to the junction with Little Creek Loop. From there, the Raven Rock Loop Trail continues under its shrouds of greenery back to the parking area.

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in North Carolina

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