Carvers Creek State Park »  History
Long Valley Farm Access area off East Manchester Road in Spring Lake, NC is Open as the Park's Interim Development is complete.
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Interim facilities include 1.75 round-trip miles of hiking trails, including a half-mile, one-way hike to fish at the millpond and observation deck, view the historic Rockefeller house, spring house, pavilion and other historic structures. Several picnic sites have been put into place, and a ranger contact station is open to the public seven days a week from 8:00am to 5:00pm or longer if staffing allows. The park phone number is (910) 436-4681.
Updated: 2015-06-05 18:16:16
Some GPS units, smart phones, and web based direction services may send you to the incorrect location.
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Some GPS units, smart phones, and web based directions/map services may send you to the incorrect location(s). Access to the park is obtained only at East Manchester Road and Long Valley Road. Once on East Manchester you may see that there are two places where Long Valley Road intersects with East Manchester. This is because Long Valley Road is a horseshoe shaped road. You can only enter the park at the Long Valley Road and East Manchester intersection that has a very large brown sign with white lettering that says, "Carvers Creek State Park." Also, at this location is a turning/exit lane for your safety, a paved entrance way, and a long post and rail fence. Once your turn into the park go 1/2 a mile down the two lane gravel road to the contact station and parking area on your right. See more information at the bottom of this page.
Updated: 2015-02-27 11:18:28
Authorized by the General Assembly in 2005, Carvers Creek State Park in Cumberland County is in the early
stages of development for public use. A master plan been prepared for what will be North Carolina's 36th state
park and encompass more than 4,000 acres.
The first major acquisition for the state park was 1,371 acres of longleaf pine forest near U.S. 401 north of
Fayetteville, with the help of The Nature Conservancy. This longleaf pine ecosystem is an important habitat for several
endangered and protected plant and animal species, most notably the red-cockaded woodpecker. Pending land acquisition in
this area will expand this section of the park to the eastern edge of Ft. Bragg. In the summer of 2010, the N.C. Division of
Parks and Recreation accepted the donation of the 1,420-acre Long Valley Farm from The Nature Conservancy. This historic farm
was once the estate of James Stillman Rockefeller.
In late 2010 the first park superintendent started working at the park. The park's
Master Plan has been completed.
At this time none of the facilities in the master plan are in place. Currently, the interim development facilities are in place and open
to the public as discussed in the alert message above.