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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. During the months of November, December, January and February, we are open from Wednesday - Sunday. Check our calendar for weekly offerings and special events. Ticket prices vary but many scheduled events are FREE with regular admission.

Hours of Operation 

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

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

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 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.