It’s always good to get your scouting group out in nature on a hike. One good park that we visited last year was Raven Rock State Park in Lillington, NC. About 1 hour drive away, this park offers great hikes and spectacular views. There are a few options on hiking. If you want a 2-3 hour hike, choose the raven rock loop trail. This takes you down to, well, the Raven Rock. Come into the state park and park off to the right before you get to the Welcome Center. There is a picnic shelter there which is right next to the path. Be sure to go to the restrooms before you leave as there are not any facilities along the way.
Before you leave on the hike, it is a good idea to go over the buddy system and the 10 essential items needed for hiking.
After the rock, there is another overlook where you can see the great Cape Fear River. Take a break here for some photos.
There are other trails if you have moretime (and energy) that include a overlook for the Lanier Falls. This is on the Cambell Creek Loop Trail which is described as a Moderate Trail. All other Trails in the park are described as Easy.
In addition to Hiking Trails, you can fish in the Cape Fear River (with NC Fishing License) and there are additional primative group hike-in camping that is good for Boy Scout Troops. They even have a canoe-in campsites.
Visit the Raven Rock Website for more details on this beautiful park and great hiking destination.
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Time: 1 hr from Apex, NC