Cape Fear River Trail

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Cape Fear River Trail is a 8.2 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Fayetteville, NC that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

8.2 miles 594 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

wheelchair friendly

kid friendly

hiking

mountain biking

road biking

trail running

walking

forest

river

wildlife

The trail is a 10-foot wide paved path for walkers, joggers, bicyclists, and others utilizing non-motorized transportation. It winds for nearly four miles through a beautiful blend of trees, plants and wildlife with spectacular views of the river. The terrain can be flat or slightly hilly. In addition to the wooden bridges, including one covered bridge, there is a 700-foot boardwalk through the marsh and wetlands near Clark Park. Along the trail are interpretive signs explaining the wildlife and plant life found in the area. There are more than 700 species of plants and trees, and 150 species of birds. The River Trail area is also home to an unusual combination and diversity of hardwood trees. Frogs, lizards and turtles are common sights, with an occasional deer. The trail is designated as part of the East Coast Greenway. The Greenway is a series of urban trails and greenways that will eventually connect from Maine to Key West, Florida, similar to the Appalachian Trail

1 month ago

I have hiked hike this Trail numerous times with a 35-pound backpack in preparation for the Appalachian Trail

hiking
1 month ago

Beautiful trail, visit weekly. Its heavily trafficked but worth it.

trail running
2 months ago

This is one of my favorite trails in the area, and the addition of the MTB trail only adds to it appeal. By my watch, the MTB trail's total distance is around 3.75 miles. Does anyone know if that's correct?

walking
3 months ago

Awesome trail...

3 months ago

hiking
4 months ago

Clean and neat place

4 months ago

mountain biking
5 months ago

Wide paved trail for walking/biking. Right off the main trail there are clearly marked mountain bike trails for beginner/intermediate skill levels. Terrain is hard packed, with some soft/muddy areas, which winds through the trees. Not much sand, which is obviously nice. Would highly recommend, especially if you just want to get a quick (60-90 min) ride in without having to go far.

trail running
5 months ago

One of the nicest trail in the area. It's scenic and easy for all ages

hiking
5 months ago

absolutely great. beautiful scenery, just loved it

6 months ago

great trail

walking
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Beautiful paved paths all the way, nature center is cool!

8 months ago

Amazing

walking
8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

Beautiful Trail! Very safe and not overcrowded. Loving nature to the fullest extent.

mountain biking
8 months ago

Amazing.

road biking
9 months ago

Rode my bike on this trail. It's nicely paved with a fair amount of hills. Scenery was very pretty for late February. I started at the soccer field and then turned back around at the nature center - total of 8.5 miles.

hiking
10 months ago

Nice trail, I left after 3:30PM and its cold this time of year, easy walk and I did the 8 mile point to point as it was getting dark. There are emergency marker call boxes every 1/4 mile or so for safety.

1 year ago

My dog and I started at the Clark Nature Center and eagle to the 2.5 mile marker and turned around. There were a few small hills byt they were fairly easy. I saw an Eastern Hognose snake, a box turtle, amd a lot of squirrels. We then walked the bear trail and sat beside the waterfall before heading back to the parking lot. This trail is a beautiful hidden gem in Fayetteville.