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Campbell Creek Loop-Lanier Falls, NC

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Distance Lasso-Loop 5 miles
Trailhead Elevation 358 feet
Accumulated Gain 550 feet
Avg Time One Way 2.0
Kokopelli Seeds 6.83
Interest Perennial Waterfall & Perennial Creek
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9  2017-06-18 kingsnake
Author kingsnake
author avatar Guides 83
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by kingsnake

Raven Rock State Park is located on the Cape Fear River, midway between Fayetteville and Raleigh. Like most of North Carolina, it is heavily forested. Canoeing, fishing, camping. horse riding & hiking are all popular activities. There are separate bridal trails (which may also be hiked) on the north side of the Cape Fear River. The trails on the south side of the river, such as the Campbell Creek Loop to Lanier Falls, are strictly foot traffic. More information, including a park map, is available at https://www.ncparks.gov/raven-rock-state-park .


The Campbell Creek Loop is a five mile lasso from the Raven Rock State Park Visitor Center. It is marked by a blue disk. The trail is wide, of hard packed sand, and sometimes Carolina red clay. There are only scattered roots and golf ball sized rocks, so footing isn’t an issue.

There’s a jillion little side creeks, typically five feet wide and 2-3″ deep. Almost all of them are crossed by a small “bridge” or walkway, except near the far end of the loop, near the Lanier Falls side trail. The longest bridge crosses Campbell Creek at the beginning of the loop portion of the lasso.

The footing is iffier west of the pit toilet, but still not bad. Also, fewer of the side creeks are “bridged”.

There’s a couple of rest benches along the way.

Other than 100 yds. by the visitor center, the hike is totally in heavy forest.

Hiking counterclockwise, the trail follows the west bank of Campbell Creek. Two miles into the hike, there is an unnamed side trail that continues along Campbell Creek as it empties into the Cape Fear River. Unless you want to explore, you should instead turn left. Campbell Creek is about 30 ft. wide and up to 6″ deep, with 10 ft. banks of slippery clay. Flow was audible, but not heavy.

A quarter mile after the false turn is the Lanier Falls Trail. The quarter mile, one way, side trail to Lanier Falls is marked by a red triangle. Don’t get lost. ;-p

Also, mind your footing, as there is a lot of slippery clay and boulders near Lanier Falls.

Lanier Falls was nothing spectacular — more like a small rapids — but moving a lot of water.

A quarter mile past the Lanier Falls Trail is a pit toilet, the only facilities on the Campbell Creek Loop. You otherwise will need to risk ticks peeing in the woods.

What little elevation gain there is, is small up & downs. The only “climb” is on the return, ascending the lasso’s handle 200 ft. back to the visitor center trailhead.

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2017-06-27 kingsnake

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    Most recent Triplog Review
    Campbell Creek Loop-Lanier Falls
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    I was back in Fayetteville, adjacent to Ft. Bragg, for the the first itime in many years, to attend a reunion of my old active duty platoon, TACCP ("tack-c-p"), Alpha Company, 50th Signal Battalion, 35th Signal Brigade. About a decade ago, I had breakfast in Charlotte with my old platoon sergeant, and around the same time exchange emails with my old roommate, but their was the first time I had seen the guys (and one gal) in 33 years. A lot of beer was consumed, and stories told. :D

    Sunday, after everyone else had called end-ex, I went for a hike. (Unlike the old days, sans 75 lb. ruck.)

    Upon arriving at the Raven Rock State Park visitor center, I turned on my crappy Garmin 62S GPS. While waiting an eternity for it to locate satellites, I realized it was down to two bars of power. (The scale seems to be logarithmic, so two is only a tiny fraction of the full four.) Worse, I had forgotten my little pocket accessory bag I take on hikes, and which contains two spare AA batteries. No way I was going to be able to do both the Campbell Creek Loop and the Raven Rock Loop. Further, even with two bars, I would very likely run out hiking just one of the trails.

    I chose the Campbell Creek Loop. I hiked counterclockwise.

    No need to use any of the rest benches: The hike is short and, in any case, I was trying to beat my dying batteries.

    There’s lots & lots of green on this hike: Leaves, trees, vines, ferns. All kinds of green plants. But almost no flowers. I only recall seeing one small set of yellow blooms, and forgot to photograph them as I was distracted by a mold. There’s quite a few molds & mushrooms, but still not as many as you would expect given how moist the ground was. (Or the air, for that matter: The humidity was extremely high.) Some of the molds were truly spectacular. :o

    While taking photos at Lanier Falls, my water bottle slipped out of my pocket, fell in the river, and was quickly swept away. It was the only water bottle I had. Considering the humidity, two would have been more appropriate. Instead, I was rationing, and lost half of my water. I had to finish the hike dry. I was pretty thirsty by the end.

    North Carolina has ticks, lots of ticks. (I won't tell you where I got my first one.) I was very careful to avoid brushing against greenery, but still had my wife inspect me afterwards. I guess the Off! helped.

    My GPS batteries died near the pit toilet, so my distance is a guesstimate based on the route.

    Campbell Creek Loop is a popular trail. I saw two trail runners, nine hikers, and a platoon of Boy Scouts returning from a camp out.

    By the time I was finished, my clothes were soaked through with sweat.

    After refreshing at the visitor center, we headed back to Fayetteville, stopping along the way in the far outskirts of Spring Lake. Being that it was Fathers Day, seeing the duplex where I became a father, for the first time in 34 years, was pretty cool. :)

    Hike Video: [ youtube video ]

    Wildflowers
    One yellow flower. Just one. I was quite surprised. Lots of amazing molds & mushrooms though!

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    Directions
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    To hike
    From Raleigh, head south on US-401. From Fayetteville, head north on US-401. When you reach Lillington, turn west on US-421. In about six miles, at the Raven Rock State Park sign, turn north on Raven Rock Rd (aka NC-1314). Drive a little over three miles to the end of the road, at the visitors center.
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