Carvers Creek State Park
Long Valley Access
Address: 2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake, NC 28390
Preferred activities Walking/Hiking/Biking
About the location:
Distances of trails or water routes (if water route – distance from suggested put in to take out location!)
- North Carolina Parks, Carvers Creek State Park List of Trails
- At Long Valley, there are two trails, the James S. Rockefeller Loop Trail and the Cypress Loop Trail, which is shorter and branches off to the north.
- Both trails are for hiking and bicycling only.
- From the Cypress Point Loop Trail, you can look toward the dam and see the pavilion, which used to be a sawmill in the 1800s, and the grist mill, which played a vital role in utilizing waterpower in the 1900s.
- In total, just under 3 miles of trail offers an easy walk on sand and gravel. These two trails were once roads during the peak of Long Valley Farm in the 1950s.
James S. Rockefeller Loop Trail
The trail travels between a native grass meadow and longleaf pine forests. It ends in front of the Rockefeller House and a large historical marker where the trail connects with the Cypress Point Loop Trail. Two wayside displays discuss edge habitat and the life cycle of the longleaf pine. Enjoy long views of open meadows, old farm silo in the distance, longleaf pine forests, and good birdwatching. Please use this trail on your return hike to the park office/trailhead. Surface: natural surface, sand. Length: 2.00 miles loop. Difficulty: easy hike. Blaze: white circles
Cypress Loop Trail
This trail winds along a peninsula overlooking the millpond and back to the James S. Rockefeller Trail through a longleaf pine forest. Along the way, you'll encounter historic structures viewed from across the millpond, a bank fishing access footpath, and a floating observation deck with nice views of the millpond. Surface: natural surface, sand. Length: 0.75 miles loop. Difficulty: easy hike. Blaze: blue circles