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The Kayaking Guide to Fayetteville

The Signature Group is a team of real estate agents with Keller Williams Realty, passionate about connecting you to Fayetteville, North Carolina’s community and making Fort Bragg more than just a PCS.

We help buyers, sellers, and investors navigate the real estate process, and our expertise doesn’t stop there! We share our heart for our community through our blog and aim to highlight all of the positive aspects of America’s Hometown.

We know that many of our readers love the great outdoors. Whether it is camping, hiking, that #RVLife, or getting out on the water, we want you to know that there are plenty of adventurous options close by. You don’t have to head to the mountains or the coast to get your fresh air fix. Here is our official kayaking guide to Fayetteville.


Cape Fear River Adventures

Cape Fear River Adventures, located in Lillington, offers everything from classes, rentals and whitewater kayaking. Spend some time on the river this summer to see the lush banks of the Cape Fear River and travel along the rolling green hills of forests in central North Carolina all the way to the coast.  Adventurers are promised a hassle free day of family fun, and the plethora of reviews on Yelp do not disagree! One reviewer calls the company, “a hidden gem of Harnett County.”

The Cape Fear River Adventures options include kayaking, tubing, whitewater kayaking (when the river is high enough), and scenic rafting. You could take a leisure paddle to observe wildlife, swim, and jump from rope swings, take an easy float, take their 10 mile challenge, go on an Epic Overnight adventure, or even partake in a sunset paddle. When water levels permit, whitewater kayaking (10 miles) and scenic rafting (10 miles) options are offered. Feeling balanced and flexible? Try their paddle board yoga session!

Don’t know how to kayak? No problem! Cape Fear River Adventures also offers classes.

Guests are welcome to bring their own boats and equipment and shuttle services are offered. Be sure to check their shuttle schedule when making your reservation. Don’t forget to ask about discounts too! They offer discounts for military, first responders, teachers, and more!

Cost: $19-$124
Location: 3485 R Jordan Rd, Sanford, NC


Lake Rim Park

Lake Rim Park is a fantastic local spot, with a soon-to-open swimming pool, walking trails, tennis courts, baseball fields, and more. The lake is even a super easy spot to drop in, be it with your canoe, kayak or paddle board. Swimming in the lake is not allowed, but that shouldn’t stop you from kayaking to your heart’s content. Our very own Meredith Rains, Listing Specialist extraordinaire, loves when they create a trail through lily pads. She and her whole family love it.

The lake does offer kayaking tours and trips as well. All equipment will be provided.

Cost: $5-$35
Location: 2214 Tar Kiln Dr, Fayetteville, NC


Related post: The RV Lover’s Guide to Glamping in Fayetteville

Jordan Lake State Recreation Area

Jordan Lake is your one stop shop for pretty much anything outdoorsy. Be it camping, hiking, fishing, or boating, Jordan Lake is the place to be. There are nine access areas around the lake, with over 1,000 campsites, seven beaches, 14 miles of hiking trails that wind through the hilly lake shore, and the opportunity to spot wildlife.

Kayakers should be cautious of fishing boats and motor boats that also use the lake. All boat ramps at day use areas are open to the public. The nearby Crosswinds Boating Center offers rentals should you need them! Their rentals start at $10 an hour.

Location: 280 State Park Rd, Apex, NC


Spring Lake Outpost

Despite Hurricane Florence doing a number on the Little River, the Spring Lake Outpost is still here for your adventuring needs. The owners desire to bring adventure to the Spring Lake and Fort Bragg area, hoping that families and friends can enjoy the river together. The diversity of trees and wildlife inspired them to start Spring Lake Outpost and bring a bit of river life to the city.

Whether you are looking to be active or relaxed, want to see nature and wildlife, or are looking for a new experience, the Outpost is for you. They have a short route (3 miles) and a long route (6 miles) that promise a few hours of fun and affordable prices, even for those who own their own kayak (or canoe!). Bonus: they sell season passes! Be sure to make reservations, especially for week days.

Don’t know how to kayak yet? No problem! The Outpost offers three hour lessons.

Cost: $27-$43
Location: 1530 North Bragg Blvd, Spring Lake, NC


Endor Paddle

If you feel like heading out to Sanford, Endor Paddle is the place for you! Their kayak trips range from 2.1 miles to 12.5 miles, boasting up to six hours of fun on the river. Endor also has river tubing available, for those interested in a lazy, relaxing day on the water. Enjoy Deep River with Endor—they have everything you need for a carefree, quality day on the water.  Paddle on!

On your kayak trip, you may see train trestles from the early 20th century, Native American fish traps, the historic Gulf Mill, and class 1 rapids. Endor Paddle has discounts for military, students, seniors, first responders, and groups. You can use your own equipment should you have it and just pay for shuttle services. You must pay for all reservations in advance, to include equipment rentals and shuttle services.

Cost: $32-$69 with rentals.
Location: 3485 R Jordan Rd, Sanford, NC
Open: weekends


Have you and your family tried any of these places before? Leave your thoughts in the comments below! If you enjoyed this post, please give it a like to let us know, and don’t forget to subscribe if you haven’t already. We put out blog posts like this one every week!


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