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PICNICKING
Bring a packed lunch and have
a picnic or simply sit and enjoy
nature. There are picnic tables set
up around the park office and along
both trails.

HIKING
As you walk the trails of Long Valley
Farm Access, you will experience
a variety of habitats including a
longleaf pine forest, a field, and
a millpond. You'll also encounter
an old farm site and other historic
structures.

JAMES S.
ROCKEFELLER TRAIL
The James S. Rockefeller Trail
begins at the opening in the fence
near the park office. This easy,
half-mile trail is blazed with white
circles. It travels between a
meadow of native grasses and a
longleaf pine forest and ends at the
Rockefeller House. Please use this
trail on your return hike to the park
office/trailhead.

FISHING
THE MILLPOND
Since the 1850s, it's an excellent
spot for fishing. Please help protect
this area by using only the footpath
access to the water. This will
prevent erosion and reduce your
exposure to ticks, chiggers, and
snakes. Keep in mind that it is a
1-mile round trip hike to fish at
the millpond.
*A NGLER S NEED A S TATE
FI SHING LICEN SE A ND MUS T
OBE Y THE REGUL AT ION S OF
THE NC W ILDLIFE RE S OURCE S
C OMMI S SION .

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NATURE
VIEWING
There are many opportunities
to view nature at Carvers Creek
State Park. The open fields are
wonderful places to view birds
and insects. In the wooded areas,
you may see fox squirrels and
a variety of woodpeckers. The
federally endangered red-cockaded
woodpecker calls our forests home.
In the millpond, you'll likely see
snakes and turtles.

ENVIRONMENTAL
EDUCATION
Park rangers conduct a variety
of educational and interpretive
programs about Carvers Creek's
natural resources and history.
Check calendars posted outside the
park office and at the trailhead for
upcoming programs.

RULES &
REGUL ATIONS
The following rules and regulations
exist for the protection of natural
resources and visitors. A complete
list is available at the park office.
* Possession of alcoholic beverages
is prohibited.
* North Carolina State Parks are
wildlife preserves. Hunting and
trapping are not permitted.
* The removal, destruction or injury
of any animal, mineral, fungus or
plant is prohibited.
* Firearms and other weapons
are prohibited except those with
a proper permit may possess a
concealed handgun in permitted
areas and under the requirements
of North Carolina G.S. 14-415.11.
All firearms and weapons are
prohibited in state park visitor
centers and park offices.
* Please do not litter. Place all
trash and recyclables in proper
containers.
* Swimming, horseback riding,
camping and campfires are not
permitted.
* North Carolina motor vehicle and
traffic laws apply in the park. Speed
limit is 15 mph.
* Pets must be on a leash no longer
than six feet and must be attended
at all times.



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