Raven Rock State Park is located in central North Carolina, just south of Chapel Hill, Raleigh, and Durham. The state park lies along the banks of the Cape Fear River and covers an area of just under five thousand acres. The mass of green lush forests and the flowing river make Raven Rock State Park a picturesque escape from North Carolina’s big cities.
Visitors can enjoy a vast amount of outdoor recreation at Raven Rock State Park, from fishing, boating, hiking, and wildlife watching. All this makes the park one of the best places to take an RV rental in all of North Carolina. Accessing the park with a rental RV is also super simple, Highway 401 runs from the capital and right passed the eastern fringes of the park.
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As Raven Rock State Park lies along the Cape Fear River, it is no wonder that it is the river itself that draws in hundreds of visitors every year. Keen anglers are above all else are the biggest portion of these visitors, fishermen and women seek to catch the rivers numerous fish. The river is home to a large number of fish species, including largemouth bass, warmouth, bluegill, catfish, redear, and green sunfish. Raven Rock State Park campers should be aware that fishing along the river is only permitted during posted park hours and for those with a North Carolina fishing license.
Along with the great fishing, Raven Rock State Park is also the perfect place to get out onto the water. Boating of all its forms is possible at the park, but kayaking and canoeing are the most popular and rewarding. Those motorhome camping without their own boats should not worry too much, ‘Cape Fear River Adventures’ in nearby Lillington rents outs kayaks and canoes for a competitive price. The Cape Fear Canoe Trail runs through the park and takes adrenaline junkies down the nearby Lanier Falls rapids.
It is not only the lure of the Cape Fear River that brings visitors to Raven Rock State Park. The park in a myriad of hiking and equestrian trails, taking campers on an adventure like treck through some of the most idyllic landscapes in central North Carolina. The ‘Raven Rock Loop Trail’ is the highlight of all these trails, taking hikers through hardwood forests and to the centerpiece that gives the park its name. The ‘Cambell Creek Trail’ is a little more difficult but gives hikers a taste of the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina.
Camping at Raven Rock State Park
Those camping with RV at Raven Rock State Park will struggle to find appropriate camping facilities for RV campers withing the park itself. Although this is the case, many RV campsites can be found within a short drive of Raven Rock State Park, and ‘Dickens RV Park’ is one such place. Full hookups are provided here, including 20, 30, 50 amp electric, water, and sewer hookups. Facilities on-site include flushing toilets, shower block, dump station, and a campsite swimming pool. Pets are welcome on site but must be kept on a leash at all times.
A little further west will take campers to the ‘Heritage Campground.’ This RV Park is also a great place to set up camp when visiting Raven Rock State Park. Full 20, 30, 50 amp electrical, water, and sewage hookups are provided here. Facilities also include a dump station, flushing toilets, shower block, RV storage units, and an on-site general store. There are many pull-thru sites located at the Heritage Campground, meaning all sizes of rigs are welcome here.
Exploring the Area
Those with an interest in American Civil War history will be delighted to hear that Raven Rock State Park is only a half-hour drive north of the Averasboro Battlefield site. The historic site where the Union and Confederate armies met on March 16th, 1865, and fought with a combined loss of over a thousand men. The site is also the home of an in-depth museum on the battle and will give visitors a better understanding of the events that day.
Raven Rock State Park is only a short drive south of North Carolina’s capital, Raleigh. Raleigh has a myriad of sight-seeing opportunities and day trips that can entertain every member of the family. Those campers with an interest in history should definitely pay a visit to the historic ‘Yates Mill Country Park.’ Yates Mill is a fully restored mid-18th-century grist mill and is located in downtown Raleigh. Visitors can observe the mill in all its glory, learn how the process took place with live demonstrations, and learn how the industry affected the local area. The park itself is also an idyllic rest bite from the inner city, offering green pastures and a quiet space.
Those camping with young children may choose to visit the ‘Marbles Kids Museum’ in Raleigh. This museum has a wide range of hands-on exhibits that allow the children to learn through play. Parents can bring the young ones along and relax, safe in the knowledge that the children are being entertained but also at the same time, educated. Exhibits include the Around Town, where children can dress up an act out their future professions. Or why not try the Seedlings exhibit, where children can learn about all things plants and flowers, and the science of growth. There is something for every child at the Marbles Kids Museum.