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With the cooler temperatures of fall upon us, we are all emerging from our homes, bleary eyed and unsure of how to operate outside of our protected air conditioned cocoons. Never fear, we are here for you! Put on those sneakers and active wear and get ready, because here is our list of 11 walking trails and hiking opportunities in and around Fayetteville.
One of the most popular and well known trails of Cumberland County is the Cape Fear River Trail. Open 8am to dusk, this paved trail is just over five miles long, complete with bridges and boardwalks. Perfect for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and walking your family doggo. This trail is NOT a loop—it is over five miles ONE WAY.
Along the Cape Fear River Trail, this oasis of Cumberland County is the second largest regional park. It boasts three trails and a nature center on its 76 acres. There is even a campground on site! Check the website before camping due to closures.
The Cross Creek Linear Park is located in downtown Fayetteville where early settlers became established along the waterway. Learn about Fayetteville’s history while walking, running, or biking the pathway, which is 2.8 miles long and connects different parks of the city.
#4. Lake Rim Park
Lake Rim is a 30 acre park with a plethora of facilities, including athletic fields, picnic tables, sport courts, and a one mile boarder trail through the wetlands to Bone Creek.
#5. Mazerick Park
Another of Fayetteville’s multi-use parks, Mazerick has sport courts, play grounds, and shady dirt trails with paved sections. Some of the trails in this 80 acre park lead to Glenville Lake, where you can fish from the pier.
Smith Lake is located on Fort Bragg and is open to the public. There are three interlocking loops ranging from easy (green) to black.
Our newest local state park is located north of Bragg in Spring Lake. With eleven miles of multi-use trails, the park is located at the historic retreat of a Rockefeller family member. There are trail maps available on site.
Jones Lake offers canoeing, kayaking, paddle boats, picnics, swimming, as well as family and group camping. Their four mile loop trail is a cherry on top of the plethora of outdoor adventures. Located in Elizabethtown.
The picturesque fourteen thousand acre reservoir boasts one thousand campsites, swimming beaches, boating ramps, and almost fourteen miles of hiking trails.
The Cape Fear River is a frequent destination in our area. Located in Lillington, Raven Rock has several hiking options ranging from 0.20 miles to almost seven miles. The offer rural camping and paddle-in camping as well.
Stroll through farmlands that rest between two downtown areas. The five mile trail is constructed of crushed stone. You will often find bikers, casual walkers, families, runners, and leashed doggos. Located in Harnett County.
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