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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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.
The Raptor Trail is a three-quarter mile walking trail and zoological facility that permanently houses and displays more than thirty birds of prey. The birds act as ambassadors for their species and serve an important role in connecting people with wildlife in a safe and respectful manner. Guests can enjoy learning about birds of prey from across the globe during their walk on the Raptor Trail.
The Raptor Trail is open daily March - October and Wednesday - Sunday November - February
Open 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
$12 - Adults
$10 - Seniors, Teachers, Military Adults
$8 - Students 4 and Older with Student ID
Free – Children 3 and Under and Members
Keeper Chats and Fly-Bys
Join a CRC staff person to learn more about raptors and birds!
Keeper Chats and Fly-Bys are offered as long as staff are available. Staff availability is impacted by weather, animal needs, construction, illness, etc. If you want to be sure one is happening during your visit, please call CRC's main number to confirm that a Keeper Chat will take place.
The medical facility accepts new raptor patients between 8:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. daily. Please call 704-875-6521 x 125 before bringing raptors to the medical facility.