Carolina Raptor Center

Name: Carolina Raptor Center

Last Visit:  March 19 / 2017


Description: A Center to educate and save injured raptors.    I went to a special photo opportunity if you have a group you can contact them for a private photo show they bring out birds for you to photograph close up.  I don't know what it is like on a normal day but should be many opportunities for photos.  Great place to bring the kids lots of things to do and educational exhibits aimed at kids.


GPS Address: 6000 Sample Road Huntersville NC 

NOTE:  Your GPS may take you to the end of the road not the address. Google does find the Address.    There is not a real sign at the road just a large sculpture of a bird on a stone wall. Will be on the left and is inside Latta Plantation Park.  if you end up at the end of the road turn around and drive back about 4 miles.


Parking:  Large free gravel lot



Admission Fees 

$12 - Adults
$10 - Seniors, Teachers, Military Adults
$8  - Students 4 and Older with Student ID
Free – Children 3 and Under and Members

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

 Please Note our Eagle Aviary is CLOSED for Nesting Season staring Saturday, November 12, 2016 until late spring 2017

 Difficulty: Very easy walking slight hills 


Trail Surface:  fine gravel surface on trails or grass


Kind of photos: Birds 


Most used lens: 70-300mm

Note On the trail the birds are in cages.  You can take pictures through a chain link fence if the sun is not on it.  Simply use telephoto as close to the fence as you can with large (open) aperture.  You will have to use manual focus.