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Front gate of Carolina Raptor Center. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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For most of the year, the Raptor Trail is open 7 days a week to visitors. Check our calendar for weekly offerings and special events. Ticket prices vary but many scheduled events are FREE with regular admission.

Hours of Operation 

Spring, Summer, and Fall Hours (March - October)
Monday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Noon-5 pm

Winter Hours (November - February)
Closed Monday and Tuesday
Wednesday through Saturday 10 am – 5 pm
Sunday Noon-5 pm

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

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


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 Plantation 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 Plantation 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 Plantation 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 Plantation 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.

Service Animal/Pet Guidelines - NEW! 

Carolina Raptor Center welcomes visitors with disabilities who use service animals as determined by the American’s with Disabilities Act. Guests using service animals can check in with our visitor services staff in the gift shop and be provided with all the information needed to have an enjoyable visit to our center. Along with information about our center, guests with service animals will receive a map outlining what areas (if any) are restricted at this time to your service animal. At this time, personal pets are not permitted on Raptor Center grounds. Latta Plantation Nature Preserve is pet friendly, but please do not plan on visiting Carolina Raptor Center after hiking or walking with your pet. We have a very strong "no pets left in cars or in our parking lot" procedure that we enforce if guests plan on still coming to Carolina Raptor Center. 

The natural instinct of birds in the wild, even predatory species such as raptors, is to be fearful of larger animals, including canines. Carolina Raptor Center’s keepers and trainers are working actively with the animals in our collection to avoid adverse reactions to outside animals, but there are some birds who will still react strongly and negatively to the presence of a dog or service animal around their enclosure. It is for this reason that a few areas on our grounds may be  restricted to you and your service animal. This currently includes our free-flight shows and some areas that take guests into our hospital and behind the scenes. 

If you notice a bird reacting negatively to the presence of your animal, i.e. flying about in a panicked way, clinging to the sides of an enclosure, panting due to stress, etc., please move along to the next enclosure and alert a staff member or volunteer. We appreciate your cooperation and your assistance as we work toward making these experiences positive for all people and animals involved!

Please call our Visitor Center if you have any questions about our service animal/pet guidelines.