Amenities at the relatively new Carvers Creek State Park have centered on Long Valley Farm, the historic retreat of a Rockefeller family member, as the park continues to develop recreation opportunities. However, a dramatic flood in September 2016 severely damaged a dam and 100-acre millpond that is a significant park feature. Fishing in the millpond, views from the floating observation deck and some trail opportunities are temporarily interrupted as repairs are being made. The farm continues to offer scenic, contemplative hiking through longleaf pine forests, and rangers lead regular interpretive programs, including occasional tours through the vacation home of the late James Stillman Rockefeller, who bequeathed the property for conservation. A long-range master plan includes varied recreation proposals for the park that encompasses more than 4,000 acres.
The park is a great place for a hike!
The 100 acre Millpond, which was built circa 1850, is an excellent spot for bank fishing. Private boats are not permitted. Please help us protect this area by using only the footpath access to the water. This will limit erosion and reduce your exposure to ticks, chiggers, and snakes. Only fish can be caught as turtles, snakes and all other wildlife are protected from harm by park regulations. Anglers need a state fishing license and must obey the regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission.
Bring a packed lunch and have a picnic or simply sit and enjoy nature. There are picnic tables along both trails with trash and recycling receptacles nearby. An Americans with Disabilities friendly picnic site is located adjacent to the parking area in front of the park office. This picnic area also has a grill. There is a historic garage adjacent to the Rockefeller house with a grill and picnic tables. This structure also functions as a rain shelter.
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 fish, snakes, frogs and turtles.