Cape Fear River Trail, Fayetteville, NC

Looking down the Cape Fear River Trail
Looking down the Cape Fear River Trail | Source

The Cape Fear River Trail is a 10 foot wide paved path for walkers, bicyclists, joggers and all other types of non-motorized transportation. While we were there we saw a lot of dog walkers, joggers, and people pushing strollers. There was even one couple pushing a stroller for their dog. The trail is a 4 mile long path through flat and slightly hilly terrain. There are wooden bridges, a covered bridge and a 700 foot boardwalk that goes through the marsh and wetlands near Clark Park.

There is a lot of wildlife and plant area along the trail. We saw only a few animals but there are trees and plants galore. My kids really enjoyed the moss that was growing on the ground next to the path. It was a great learing experiance for them.

Spring is almost here!  The trees are looking beautiful!
Spring is almost here! The trees are looking beautiful! | Source

SOME THINGS TO KNOW ABOUT THE TRAIL

Here is some great information before you head out to the trail:

  • It is open every day from 8am to dusk. The hills and bridges can become icey or slippery depending on weather conditions so be sure you check the weather before heading out.
  • We started the trail at the Jordan Soccer Complex and there are restrooms located here in case you need them.
  • There are benches you can use to sit and enjoy the quiet.
  • Security call boxes are places along the path in case of an emergency.
  • We saw a security guy on a bike patroling the trail while we were walking. Good to know that is is patrolled.
  • The trail has a beginning and an ending. It is not a circle so if you start at one end and go to the other you will have to walk all the way back or find another way back to the starting point.
  • All animals we saw were on leashes. Having three little kids it was nice to be able to let them run ahead a little and not worry about animals.
  • There are places along the trail to put your trash. The whole time we walked I didn't see any trash other then the little bit that was stuck in the pond.
  • We took a picnic lunch and a blanket so when we returned to the van we were able to sit in the grass at the soccer fields and enjoy our lunch with plenty of room to not be interupted by other people.
  • Everything about the trail is FREE. Parking is free, the trail is free, the restrooms are free.
  • It's a great thing to do for every age as long as you are able to walk up and down the hilly parts.

PICTURES OF THE CAPE FEAR RIVER TRAIL - UP TO MILE 1

Cape Fear River Trail Map
Cape Fear River Trail Map | Source
About the Cape Fear River Trail
About the Cape Fear River Trail | Source
A wonderful day with lots of sun shine.
A wonderful day with lots of sun shine. | Source
There are bird houses all along the trail.
There are bird houses all along the trail. | Source
The trail is 4 miles long, we made it to mile 1.
The trail is 4 miles long, we made it to mile 1. | Source
My favorite tree of the day.  The tree with a heart!
My favorite tree of the day. The tree with a heart! | Source
There are plenty of benches to sit and rest.
There are plenty of benches to sit and rest. | Source
A pond along the path
A pond along the path | Source
Facts about the pond
Facts about the pond | Source
My daughter checking out the pond
My daughter checking out the pond | Source
Twisted branches
Twisted branches | Source

I couldn't help but edit a few of my pictures I took along our walk. Editing is just about as much fun as the taking picture part is so here are a couple of my photo edits. These are my own photographs, please do NOT copy them for your own. Hope you like them!

EDITED PHOTOS

Edited picture of the pond along the Cape Fear River Trail
Edited picture of the pond along the Cape Fear River Trail | Source
Couldn't have asked for a better day!
Couldn't have asked for a better day! | Source
The tree that has a heart.
The tree that has a heart. | Source

With the three little kids I wasn't able to make it as far on the trail as I had wanted to but next time we will make it farther. We made it to the Mile 1 marker and just that first mile was awesome. It is definately a wonderful walk.

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b. Malin 4 years ago

What an Interesting and Informative read on "Cape Fear River Trail"...and of course your pictures are Wonderful to look at and Enjoy. Your Family is adorable. Thanks for the Guide, CassyLu, and who knows, maybe on the way back from Florida, we will take a Detour, and Enjoy the park.


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michiganman567 4 years ago from Michigan

Very nice hub. Cape fear looks like a very peaceful place to go. The tree with a heart is very unique. Thanks for sharing


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

b. Malin - Thanks for the wonderful comment :) It was a great walk, I can't wait to see what the rest of the 4 miles has. If you do make the detour it's a wonderful stop. Fayetteville also has an Airborne and Special Operations meuseum that is free that has a ton of awesome stuff. We might not have a whole lot around here but we do have some interesting places. Thanks again for the comment!


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

michiganman67 - The tree with a heart was my favorite find of the day :) People were looking at me wierd taking a picture of a hole in a tree but maybe it was because they didn't see what I did. Although I think it's hard to miss. Glad you enjoyed my Hub :) Thanks for the comment!


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teaches12345 4 years ago

I wonder why they named the park "Cape Fear" because it looks like a nice place to visit. It looks like your family had a great time here by the photo posts. I have visited North Carolina and the state in general is beautiful with all the mountain scenery. Thanks for sharing.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

teaches12345 - I'm not sure why it was named the Cape Fear River Trail other then it runs by the Cape Fear River. North Carolina is a beautiful state, I wish we lived in the mountains more but they are a ways away. We live between them and the beach (2 hours or so both ways) so I can't complain too much. Thanks for the comment and stopping by :)


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Denise Handlon 4 years ago from North Carolina

Great info and I LOVED the photo of the Tree with the Heart. :) Thanks for sharing-looks like it was a fun day.


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CassyLu1981 4 years ago from Spring Lake, NC Author

Thanks Denise! It was a blast that day. I can't wait to go back and do more :) I think we might try the other end first this next time. Thanks so much for stopping by and the comment :)

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