Come And See Us

The Raptor Trail at Carolina Raptor Center is a 3/4 mile walking trail that features over 30 birds of prey on display. Check our calendar for weekly offerings and special events. Ticket prices vary but many scheduled events are FREE with regular admission.

Hours of Operation
New Summer Hours for 2020

PLEASE PURCHASE TICKETS IN ADVANCE TO ENSURE YOUR SPOT. TRAIL IS LIMITED TO 125 VISITORS EACH SESSION.

Tickets are non-refundable but may be rescheduled. Tickets must be rescheduled at least 24 hours in advance or are forfieted. To reschedule your tickets, please send your order number, name, date and time of the session you would like to reschedule your tickets for to visit@carolinaraptorcenter.org.

Mondays Closed
Tuesdays Closed
Wednesdays 10 am-12:30 pm* and 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Thursdays 10 am-12:30 pm* and 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Fridays 10 am-12:30 pm* and 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Saturdays 10 am-12:30 pm* and 1:30 pm to 4 pm
Sundays 10 am-12:30 pm* and 1:30 pm to 4 pm

*Purchase either AM or PM tickets. CRC will close between 12:30 - 1:30 pm for cleaning.

Please allow yourself at least 45 minutes to enjoy the trail. This will give you enough time to see all the birds we have on the Raptor Trail.

Closed: Easter Sunday, Thanksgiving Day, Christmas Day, New Year’s Day

PURCHASE TICKETS NOW FOR OCTOBER-DECEMBER DATES!

Admission Fees 
$12 - Adults
$10 - Seniors, Teachers, Military Adults
$8  - Students 4 and Older with Student ID
Free – Children 3 and Under and Members

For Free Admission for One Year Investigate Annual Membership 

Or purchase one visit tickets for September HERE or October - December HERE

Please note that our trails are not ADA accessible. Wheelchairs with large wheels have a little easier time than electric/powered chairs. 


Directions to Carolina Raptor Center, 6000 Sample Road, Huntersville, NC 28078

From the North: Statesville/Winston Salem

Take I-77 South to exit 25 - Sam Furr Road. Turn right off of the exit toward Birkdale Village. Continue 2.5 miles and take a left at the light on Beatties Ford Road. In approximtely 4 miles, turn right at Sample Road. Carolina Raptor Center is located inside Latta Nature Preserve at 6000 Sample Road. Facility is on the left. First entrance for Raptor Hospital and injured birds. Second entrance for visitors and the public.

From the South: Charlotte and South Carolina

Take I-77 North to exit 16B -- Sunset Road (west). Merge into traffic on Sunset Road. Drive 1/2 mile and turn right at the light on Beattie’s Ford Road. Drive approximately 6 miles and turn left on Sample Road.  Carolina Raptor Center is located inside Latta Nature Preserve at 6000 Sample Road. Facility is on the left. First entrance for Raptor Hospital and injured birds. Second entrance for visitors and the public.

From the East: Concord and Monroe

Take I-485 North – Outer Loop to Harris Blvd – Exit 14. Right on Harris Boulevard. Left at the light on Mount Holly Huntersville Road. Drive 1/2 mile and turn right on Beatties Ford Road. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn left on Sample Road. Carolina Raptor Center is located inside Latta Nature Preserve at 6000 Sample Road. Facility is on the left. First entrance for Raptor Hospital and injured birds. Second entrance for visitors and the public.

From the West: Gastonia and Spartanburg

Take I-85 to I-485 North towards Huntersville to exit 21 -- Harris Boulevard. Left on Harris Boulevard. Drive 1/2 mile and take a left at the light on Mount Holly Huntersville Road. Drive 1/2 mile and turn right on Beatties Ford Road. Drive approximately 2 miles and turn left on Sample Road. Carolina Raptor Center is located inside Latta Nature Preserve at 6000 Sample Road. Facility is on the left. First entrance for Raptor Hospital and injured birds. Second entrance for visitors and the public.

See Google Maps for more info about directions.