Lake Rim Trail

EASY 11 reviews

Lake Rim Trail is a 4 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 year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

4.0 miles 72 feet Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly



mountain biking

nature trips

trail running






wild flowers




washed out

Trail is well maintained and often has a medium amount of traffic. Roughly 3 miles out and 3 miles back if on main trail. Be wary the trail dead ends into a farm field, so be careful not to trespass. Trail is roughly 3 miles out and back, depending on if you take any of the smaller trails that branch off and away. There are claims that there is a portion of the trail that circles the entire lake however I did not see it. There are a few water crossings that can be negotiated fairly easy, however, can be made more difficult if there was a recent rain in the area. If following the main trail it will take you out onto the power lines for a brief period and then back into a wooded area. Once you reach the second lake I would recommend using this as a turn-around point as there is not much else to see and the trail beyond dead-ends into a farm-field.

1 month ago

Trail is still closed, with no signs posted anywhere, nor a notice on the Park's website.

2 months ago

Trail head was fenced off and closed

trail running
3 months ago

5 months ago

trail is washed out full of trash and is overgrown at the end

7 months ago

It was fun with the dogs! The trail was wide enough for my husband and two dogs to walk it with me.

trail running
8 months ago

It was a good some what hilly run. Trail wasn't really well mark. It was muddy and uneven.

1 year ago

Decent short hike. Nice scenery.

1 year ago

There's a new trail on the other side of the park, over by the boat access. I just found it today while kayaking on the lake so I'll be checking it out in the very near future.

The trail in the main park is good for families with small children. It's just enough of a walk to get the kids warmed up for the playground, or to finish them off after playing for an hour or so. If you want an actual hike, look elsewhere, this is a stroll through the woods, but still nice.

Be sure to read the information plaques scattered throughout the trail, there's a fascinating history to the area and you can even see some remnants of the old tar kilns.

1 year ago

Very easy and short trail. Lots of plant education set up! Even lets you know which plants to stay away from. Animal friendly. Animal must be on leash. Garbages set up for convenience. Small river at the end. Would go again!

1 year ago

I like this trail. There are some beautiful views of the lake before the trail ends. I do wish the distance was longer though

mountain biking
2 years ago

Very nice trail for what its worth. Kind of short, however there is much more to be explored in the area as there are a few trails that branch off of the main trail.