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Carvers Creek State Park

Rockefeller House
Carvers Creek State Park, located in Cumberland County north of Fayetteville and Fort Bragg, is the one of the newest parks in the North Carolina State Park System.  The park is still in a state of planning and development, but the park officially opened to the public on September 9, 2013.  The park is currently divided into two sections - Long Valley Farm and Sandhills Property.  Currently, only Long Valley Farm is open to the public.  This property was donated to the state by The Nature Conservancy.  The millpond on the Long Valley Farm was destroyed following devastating flooding in September 2016 that breached the dam.

Contact Information:

2505 Long Valley Road
Spring Lake, NC 28390-1645

Phone: (910) 436-4681

Email: carvers.creek@ncparks.gov

GPS: 35.2019, -78.9761

Directions:

The Long Valley Farm Access is currently the only part of the park open to the public.  From Fayetteville, take NC-210 or NC-87/NC-24 (Bragg Boulevard) north from the city.  Just past Spring Lake, turn right on E Manchester Road and the park entrance will be on the left in about a mile.  From Raleigh and the Triangle, take US-401 south to Lillington and take NC-210 south for about 15 miles.  Turn right on E Manchester and the park entrance will be on the right in about 1.5 miles.

Map:

Carvers Creek State Park


Hiking:

Currently, the park has about 2.5 miles of hiking trails open to the public at the Long Valley Farm access.

Cypress Point Loop Trail:

Length: 0.75 miles (loop)
Difficulty: Easy
Blaze: Blue Circles

The Cypress Point Loop Trail starts at the intersection with Rockefeller Loop Trail just west of the Rockefeller House.  Going counterclockwise, the trail leads along the southwest side of the millpond and a spur leads to a peninsula overlooking the millpond.  The floating overlook here was destroyed in the flooding in 2016.  The trail then loops back and follows an old road back to the Rockefeller Loop Trail.  The following photo is from before the millpond was lost.

Rockefeller Loop Trail:

Length: 2.0 miles
Difficulty: Easy
Blaze: White Circles

The Rockefeller Loop Trail starts at the welcome center and follows an old gravel road up towards the Rockefeller House.  At the house, it turns left passing two intersections with Cypress Point Loop Trail.  The trail then turns left and follows the property line south passing right behind some neighboring homes.  Near the visitor center, the trail cuts left again and crosses the entrance road back at the welcome center.

Points of Interest:

Rockefeller House:

The Rockefeller House, built in 1938, was the vacation and winter home of James Stillman Rockefeller and his wife Nancy Carnegie Rockefeller.  The house is not open to the public, but restoration is in the works and it may be at some time in the future.

Spring House:

The Spring House was built in 1914 by Robert Wall Christian.  It was built on top of a natural spring and was used to refrigerate items, such as milk and cheese.

Canoe House:

Blog Entries:

21-Nov-2018: Sandhills Hikes

28-Nov-2013: Thanksgiving Hikes in the Sandhills

External Links:

NC State Parks website: https://www.ncparks.gov/carvers-creek-state-park