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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
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Location Sunnyslope, PHX
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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 .

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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    Map Drive
    Paved - Car Okay

    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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