Take a walk on the wild side at Carolina Raptor Center's Raptor Trail.
Catch wonder by the tail with our formal and informal education programs. Children 3 to 93 will delight the science and natural history of 38 raptor species and how they have inspired human invention.
Staff and volunteers at this hidden hospital in the woods treats over 900 injured and orphaned birds a year – more than any other US raptor center. Over 70% are released back into the wild!
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What are your service animal policies?
The Raptor Trail welcomes service animals and asks you to comply with the following requests.
Please inform staff on duty that your animal is a service animal.
Always keep your animal under your control.
If you see a bird in an enclosure in distress, please move along to the next stop for the safety of the bird.
Is the trail ADA accessible?
The Raptor Trail is a legacy trail system begun in 1984 and is a hard packed surface which can be used by some people with wheelchairs. Erosion prevention timbers and large roots may make the trail inaccessible for some guests and for most electric wheelchairs.
The Visitor’s Center is not fully accessible.
Do you have wheelchairs available?
The Raptor Center does not offer wheelchairs for rent or loan.
Are there places to sit and rest along the trail
There are some benches available along the ¾ mile Raptor Trail.