Carvers Creek

State Park - North Carolina

Carvers Creek State Park is located north of Fayetteville in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The park covers lands around Carvers Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River, and it borders Fort Bragg. The park is currently divided into two areas, Long Valley Farm and the Sandhills Property.

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Fact Sheet of Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Carvers Creek - Fact Sheet

Fact Sheet of Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Long Valley Farm access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Carvers Creek - Long Valley Farm

Map of Long Valley Farm access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Map of Sandhills access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Carvers Creek - Sandhills Map

Map of Sandhills access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Brochure of Sandhills access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Carvers Creek - Sandhills Brochure

Brochure of Sandhills access at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Brochure of the Legacy of James Stillman Rockefeller at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.Carvers Creek - Rockefeller House

Brochure of the Legacy of James Stillman Rockefeller at Carvers Creek State Park (SP) in North Carolina. Published by North Carolina State Parks.

Carvers Creek SP https://www.ncparks.gov/carvers-creek-state-park https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Carvers_Creek_State_Park Carvers Creek State Park is located north of Fayetteville in Cumberland County, North Carolina. The park covers lands around Carvers Creek, a tributary of the Cape Fear River, and it borders Fort Bragg. The park is currently divided into two areas, Long Valley Farm and the Sandhills Property.
Carvers Creek STATE PARK Activities The park won the Prescribed Burner of the Year Award for their outstanding environmental management. Great place for birding: blue grosbeaks, pine and Blackburnian warblers and Savannah sparrows can be spotted in the park. The park includes Long Valley Farm, which was once a winter getaway for James Stillman Rockefeller. GPS: 35.197026, -78.976785 James Stillman Rockefeller Carvers Creek State Park 2505 Long Valley Farm Road Springlake, NC 28390 910-436-4681 carvers.creek@ncparks.gov ■■Acquired Long Valley Farm in 1937 Fun Facts ■■ Appeared on the cover of Time Magazine in 1924 ■■ ■■ Long Valley Farm is on the National Register of Historic Places. Grandson of William Rockefeller, one of the founders of Standard Oil of Ohio ■■ Was instrumental in the creation of the bank now known as Citigroup ■■ Upon his death in 2004, Rockefeller donated Long Valley Farm to The Nature Conservancy. ■■ Served as the director for Pan American World Airways, Northern Pacific Railway, National Cash Register and Monsanto ■■ Won a gold medal in rowing at the 1924 Summer Olympics ■■ Married Nancy Carnegie, who was the grandniece of Andrew Carnegie ■■ Died at the age of 102 and was America’s oldest living Olympic champion at the time ■■ The park was established in 2005. ■■ The 1,420-acre farm was donated to N.C. State Parks by The Nature Conservancy in 2010. ■■ The Rockefeller house was completed in 1938. All eight species of woodpeckers found in North Carolina can be spotted in the park forests, including the federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker. A major flood in 2016 damaged the dam, drying out the scenic 100-acre millpond. Diverse habitats can be found in the park, including meadows of wildflowers and longleaf pine forests. ncparks.gov MNQPV
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FISHING There are two ponds and various branches of Carvers Creek that anglers may fish. Access to all fishing areas are on foot, bicycle or horseback. At this time, there is no vehicle access to fishing areas. As the park continues to be developed we hope to provide vehicle and wheelchair access to fishing areas. All plants and animals in the park are protected; harming or removing them is prohibited. Sport fish are the only exception. A N.C. fishing license is required and anglers must obey the fishing regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Commission. NATURE VIEWING There are many opportunities to view nature here at the park. Open areas are wonderful for viewing birds and insects. In the wooded areas, you may see fox squirrels and a variety of woodpeckers. The federally endangered red-cockaded woodpecker call our forests home. In the ponds you will likely see many species of frogs and turtles. Write down or take photos of species that you see and share them with us by emailing carvers.creek@ncparks.gov. LONG VALLEY FARM RULES & REGULATIONS  The removal or disturbance of any plant, animal, rock or artifact is prohibited.  Firearms are prohibited except by proper concealed handgun permit.  North Carolina state parks are wildlife preserves. Hunting and trapping are not permitted. Carvers Creek State Park SANDHILLS ACCESS 995 McCloskey Rd. Fayetteville, NC 28311  Fishing regulations of the N.C. Wildlife Resources Commission and N.C. Marine Fisheries apply in the park.  Alcoholic beverages are prohibited.  “Pack-in, Pack-out”: There are no trash cans located along the trails. There is a large trash can located by the bathroom at the parking lot. Please recycle!  North Carolina motor vehicle and traffic laws apply in the park.  Pets must be on an attended leash no longer than 6 feet. FOR YOUR SAFETY  Stay on marked trails. It can be easy to get lost.  Ticks, mosquitoes, chiggers and other biting insects are present in the park. Insect repellent is strongly recommended.  Venomous snakes and poisonous plants are present in the park. Be alert.  Pay attention to the weather forecast. Storms are especially common in the summer months. Carvers Creek State Park has another access area located at 2505 Long Valley Road in Spring Lake, NC. It is a 15 minute drive from here off of E. Manchester Road. The Welcome Center and the Rockefeller House are located at the Long Valley Farm Access. You will also find opportunities for hiking, fishing, picnicking, nature watching, and environmental education there. NATURE’S CLASSROOM Park Rangers conduct a variety of educational and interpretive programs about Carvers Creek’s natural resources and history. Check calendars posted at this trailhead or our website, www.ncparks.gov, for upcoming programs. Rangers also present outreach programs to local schools and civic groups. For more information, visit us at the park Welcome Center.  Many structures in the park are old and may be unstable. Please do not enter the structures. EMERGENCIES Emergencies 911 Welcome Center: 910-436-4681 After hours: 910-391-0522 Cape Fear Valley Hospital - 910-615-4000 1638 Owen Drive, Fayetteville, NC 28304 Directions to the hospital: From the parking lot turn onto McCloskey road, turn right onto HWY 401. Get on NC 295 South and travel 2.9 miles. Take the All-American Freeway to Owen Drive and continue for 1 mile. The hospital will be on your right. 3,000 copies of this public document were printed at a cost of $218.98 or $0.07 each. 05/19 Park Information Park Hours November – February ......................................................... 8 a.m. – 6 p.m. March – May .......................................................................... 8 a.m. – 8 p.m. June – August ....................................................................... 8 a.m. – 9 p.m. September – October ......................................................... 8 a.m. – 8p.m. Closed Christmas Day Welcome Center Hours 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. daily Contact Information: Carvers Creek State Park 2505 Long Valley Road, Spring Lake, NC 28390 (910) 436-4681 carvers.creek@ncparks.gov www.ncparks.gov N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation Dept. of Natural and Cultural Resources 1615 Mail Service Center Raleigh, NC 27699 919-707-9300 WELCOME! When you have finished with this publication, help save our earth by sharing it with a friend, returning it to the park or recycling it. Carvers Creek’s Sandhills Access offers seven trails equaling 10.4 miles. All the trails wind through Longleaf pine forests with lovely, open views through wiregrass understory with gentle to moderate changes in elevation. There are two creek crossings, two ponds, and wetland areas where hardwood trees and evergreen shrubs dominate. Wildflowers can be seen along the trails at different times of the year. It is important to know that there are rare and endangered species of plants and animals that only live within the Longleaf pine fore
Park Information Carvers Creek State Park 2505 Long Valley Road Spring Lake, NC 28390-1645 910-436-4681 carvers.creek@ncparks.gov GPS: 35.2110525, -78.9774719 Directions Carvers Creek State Park is located on the north side of E. Manchester between Hwy 87 and Hwy 210 just north of Spring Lake, North Carolina. Park Hours North Carolina State Parks are open every day, with the exception of Christmas Day. Park hours vary with the seasons. Please visit the North Carolina State Park website or contact the park office for the most current information about seasonal hours, activities, alerts, camping fees, programs rules and weather. The Legacy of James Stillman Rockefeller at Carvers Creek State Park Welcome How Rockefeller Gave Back To Carvers Creek State Park’s Long Valley Farm access. After a short walk down the Rockefeller Trail you will come to a large, t wo -stor y house. The Rockefeller house, listed on the National Registry of Historic Sites, overlooks the scenic millpond. James Stillman Rockefeller, a man of many accomplishments whose life spanned 102 years through some of the most eventful decades of American history, used this property as a winter getaway. His thoughtful foresight contributed to the creation of Carvers Creek State Park. Upon his death on August 10, 2004, his estate left the 1,420 acres of Long Valley Farm to The Nature Conservancy for protection and preservation. In 2010, the conservancy gifted this land to North Carolina’s state parks system. James Stillman Rockefeller donated his time and money to many causes such as the American Museum of Natural History, New York’s Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, and many environmental organizations. The Rockefeller family created and funded a nonprofit conservation organization called Overhills Foundation. In 2011, this foundation granted funds to help educate the public, and to preserve the historic significance of Long Valley Farm. This money has helped purchase educational materials such as the interpretive panels you see along the trails, books, canoes, fishing gear and much more. Some grant money will also assist with renovation of the Rockefeller house. The Early Years James Stillman Rockefeller was born June 8, 1902 in New York to William Goodsell Rockefeller and Elise Stillman. Rockefeller was born into a family of wealth. His grandfather William Rockefeller and great uncle John Davison Rockefeller were founders of Standard Oil of Ohio in 1870. Rockefeller attended Yale University where he was elected into Phi Beta Kappa and Yale’s secret society, Scroll and Key. He became captain of the Yale rowing team and won a gold medal at the 1924 Summer Olympic Games in Paris. That same year, he graduated from Yale and appeared on the cover of Time Magazine on July 7. After college, he worked at a bank called Brown Brothers before moving to National City Bank. On April 15, 1925, he married Nancy Campbell Sherlock Carnegie, daughter of Andrew Carnegie II and Bertha Sherlock. The first of their four children was born in 1926. Their names are James Stillman Rockefeller Jr., Nancy Sherlock Carnegie Rockefeller, Andrew Carnegie Rockefeller, and Georgia Stillman Rockefeller. Rockefeller acquired Long Valley Farm in 1937. He soon hired George McNeil to manage the farm and they got started right away on construction of the house. The house was completed in May 1938. The location was very convenient for Rockefeller while he was stationed at Fort Bragg as a lieutenant colonel of the U.S. Airborne Command during World War II. A view from Rockefeller’s office After World War II After the war, he returned to his banking career and helped merge First National Bank of New York with First National City, which is now called Citibank. He was president of this bank from 1952 to 1959 and chairman from 1959 to 1967. He also became a director of Pan American World Airways, Northern Pacific Railroad, National Cash Register, and Monsanto. Long Valley Farm was his winter estate. He visited here on long weekends throughout the year and during holidays to get away from the hustle and bustle of New York City. He would spend his days working on the farm, swimming in the millpond, and enjoying the scenery. His permanent residence was in Greenwich, Conn. and was much more grand than the house here. The Later Years Mrs. Rockefeller died in 1994 after 69 years of marriage. On August 5, 2004, Rockefeller suffered a stroke. Per his wishes, he was not placed on life support and passed away five days later at the age of 102. In his final years, he was the oldest living Olympic Gold Medal recipient. A view from the family room Park Plans for the House The master plan for Carver’s Creek State Park envisions this house as a multi-use educational and community center, to include exhibits interpreting the story of the Overhills Estate and Long Valley Farm and the natural history and cultural lore of the park itself. Its rooms could function as classrooms, conference
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