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Cape Fear River is a 13.8 mile moderately trafficked point-to-point trail located near Lillington, North Carolina that features a river and is rated as moderate. 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.

Distance: 13.8 miles Elevation Gain: 85 feet Route Type: Point to Point

dogs on leash

kid friendly

camping

fishing

hiking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

forest

river

views

wildlife

hiking
blowdown
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

hiking
6 months ago

Good hike, well maintained

hiking
Mon May 20 2019

such an amazing trail! the overlook is so beautiful

paddle sports
Fri Aug 17 2018

I’ve kayaked the Lower Cape Fear river from Fayetteville to Wilmington in 4.5 days on one trip and the upper from the dam to Lillington. The upper half has a good current for flat water but the lower is mostly class A’s. I enjoyed this river because it was chill but had to portage to often in challenging spots with lots of gear. Would still paddle it again.

Mon Sep 25 2017

we kayak the cape fear alot !! so much fun!!

hiking
Tue May 02 2017

Not much to do, should specify the length of the actual hike. Would be good for canoe or kayak trip, but only a1mile hike. Would have loved to seen the whole river maybe next time by kayak.

hiking
Wed Feb 22 2017

Have driven along the Cape Fear many times, but to really know it is to hike along it or canoe in it. There is a nice place to rent canoes, kayaks, etc. at Cape Fear River Adventures just by the 401 bridge going into Lillington. Also good place to hike and camp at Raven Rock State Park just upstream from there. Many other places to visit along the river as well.

Sat Mar 19 2016

This leads to a neighborhood. No trail around

scenic driving
Sat Feb 20 2016

I really want to canoe/cap this one this summer.

scenic driving
Sat Feb 20 2016

We followed this as best we could by road.

hiking
10 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

hiking
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

hiking
Wed Apr 24 2019

Thu Oct 12 2017

hiking
Mon Jan 16 2017

paddle sports
Tue Jun 23 2015