Visit The Raptor Trail

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Signature entry art to the Raptor Trail. Sculpture and installation A Return to the Carolina Skies by artist Lori Norwood made possible by the 2002 Arts and Science Council's McColl Public Art Grant. Dedicated to the memory of Carol Sue Bubb. Photo by Michele Miller Houck.

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Carolina Raptor Center is located on 57 acres inside Latta Nature Preserve, a 1,500-acre nature preserve, part of the watershed for Charlotte, NC. For over 30 years, CRC has partnered with Mecklenburg County Park and Recreation to provide environmental education opportunities for visitors from around the corner and across the world.

The approximately 3/4 mile, self-guided Raptor Trail features over 20 species of birds which guests can photograph and learn more about. Special events and encounters are also held here throughout the year.

 

LIMITED TICKETS ARE AVAILABLE FOR MORNING OR AFTERNOON SESSIONS EACH DAY. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE.

 

The Raptor Trail is Open Daily

Morning Session: 10:00 AM – 12:30 PM

Closed for Lunch & Cleaning: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM

Afternoon Session: 1:30 PM – 4:00 PM

Guests are not required to arrive immediately at the start of their ticketing session. From 12:30 PM - 1:30 PM ticketing, the gift shop, and restrooms are closed. Guests who are admitted prior to 12:30 PM are welcome to continue to explore the Raptor Trail between 12:30 PM and 1:30 PM. The Raptor Trail closes at 4:00 PM and guests are encouraged to arrive by 3:00 PM to ensure time to explore.

Ticket Prices:

Adults: $12.00

Seniors/Veterans/Educators: $10.00

Students: $8.00

Children 3 years old and under are free of cost.

Is the Raptor Center ADA accessible? Learn more.

ADVANCE TICKETS ARE RECOMMENDED. PURCHASE YOUR TICKETS HERE.

Our Eagle’s Landing Gift Shop features gifts for children and Carolina Raptor Center branded items to remember your visit. About 50% of your purchase goes to feed the birds, so enjoy your shopping and know your money is going to a great cause. You're always welcomed to stop by and shop without walking the Raptor Trail!