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Cape Fear River Trail is a 11 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Fayetteville, North Carolina 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.

Length 11.0 mi Elevation gain 472 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

Kid friendly

Stroller friendly

Hiking

Mountain biking

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Walking

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Forest

Partially paved

River

Wildlife

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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

There is a parking lot at the start of the trail. Restrooms are located at the Jordan Soccer Complex and at the Clark Park Nature Center during Clark Parks operating hours. Portalets are also located along the trail. There are two locations to stop for water. Benches and tables are available to rest and enjoy the solitude. Security call boxes are provided intermittently along the trail for immediate emergency response

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Shakira Johnston
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Hiking

Great Trail, my favorite in the area. Make sure you Bring water

Michael Mccollum
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Mountain biking

beautiful view and nice paved path

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Arnold Sellars
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Hiking

Súper cool trail! Very quiet and pretty! Cool bridges and there are some steep hills so bikers beware. Otherwise really cool peaceful place with lots of friendly hikers.

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Camille O
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Hiking

Great running trail that’s family friendly. Paved the entire way with beautiful scenery for downtown Fayetteville.

Matt Thompson
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Running

Great run route, a bit crowded at times, miles are marked as you go , start on the treetop trail head , a fun run with hills and winds , would recommend! Dogs on leash love it!

Sanitizing Algorithm
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Running

Trail just kind of ended abruptly a little of 3 miles in; I ended up continuing into someone's yard because I thought the trail continued. Too many people on the trail; I will find somewhere else to run in the future.

Johnny Harris
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Johnny Harris
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Biking

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Augusto Cesar
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Hiking

great for Bikers due to it's lenght! Take water and supplies. Very low traffic. 2 large parte without any shade!

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Marissa Dilliard
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RunningOver grown

Started trail at Soccer Complex. Bring water. There is a water fill station after the covered wooden board walk that intertwines with the railroad bridge and a water fountain inside the nature preserve near Clark Park approximately 3.5 miles apart. The trail is good for jogging strollers. When on the trail during the summer and fall months there is not much of a river view due to brush growth. There is a newly added mountain bike trail but the portion I saw was completely over grown and looks as if it has not been used for sometime.

Bryan Collver
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Hiking

Hot pavement for the pups with little bits of shade on the grass

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Thomas Church
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Mountain biking

amazing trail. great practice for my bike fundraiser for GCC. all trails is my go to app to find places to ride.

Jamie Kelley
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Running

love this trail

Beau Young
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Hiking

Tons of bicyclists which made it difficult for an amped up dog to walk normal.

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A. Herman
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moderately trafficked paved trail. some good inclines for a decent workout

Robert Mcquown
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excellent paved trail for hiking and biking

Peter Uhlir
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I love running this trail when I come to visit. I wish we had one like it at my home in West Virginia.

Dallan Shields
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Hiking

Great hike for the family, especially if your family is a couple doggos.

Blair Chick
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Road biking

What a great trail, pretty, just hilly enough and good length. A fair number of people out for a Thursday morning. Believe it when it says “walk your bike “, my wife and I both slid out on the far side of the bridge

Sarah Madeka
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Mountain biking

Pleasant paved trail to walk, jog or bike. It gets hilly with a couple decent views. Overall its a nice place to get some exercise.

Ryan Skewes
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Running

I run this trail often with my wife. It's very fun trail with an easy to moderate difficulty based on which end you start from. The northern end of the trail is harder than the southern end.

Karina Macias
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3 stars for a good clean walk. One side is more scenic than the other.

Dusty Orton
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Good paved trail

Monique Mullins
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Road biking

this trail was beautiful and relaxing. It's very peaceful and well kept. Only issue is that I assumed kid-friendly meant flat, which is not so at all and took my still-using-training-wheels kids down the trail and the hills made it stressful, mainly for worrying, but I got extra exercise and overall was a great trip. I would definitely do it again, walking for sure though.

Natasha Brown
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Walking

Very pretty area, we do the trail several times a year. The best time to go is when the leaves change, very pretty.

Georgia Harbin
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Running

I love this trail! The trees are beautiful and the bridges add a nice touch. The trail is pretty shaded in the afternoon. There are a few steep hills that are a great end to a work out if that’s what you’re looking for. My doggies also love to walk on this trail! Perfect for fur babies.

Susan Davis
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Walking

Great trail for all activities. Shady, toilets , birds and friendly users. Easy terrain but many hills.

Holly Miller
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pretty boring trail. Thought I was getting a nice river walk, but the trail is seperated from the river by a thick row of trees so you don't get that river walk feel. Had meant to walk the whole length but got very bored with no interesting scenery and ended up turning around after just 3 miles. Busy little trail with lots of cyclists, walkers, and runners.

April Bassett
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Nice easy stretch of pavement for decent running without leaving the city. Easy parking at the soccer complex.

Joseph Ratajczak
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Hiking

Great trail for distance running or biking but nothing too extravagant about this one. Perfect for dog walking.

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