Cape Fear River Trail

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Cape Fear River Trail is a 11 mile moderately 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 best used from January until January. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
11.0 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
456 feet
ROUTE TYPE
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

mountain biking
12 days ago

The paved section is very well made with fun hills, but the dirt section for the actual mountain bike trail is decently well kept. It’s very flat on the easy side(not the side with the river) and some cool hills on the harder side(the side with the river) but there was some fallen down trees, holes, and low hanging branches. Very good beginner mountain biking trail or a good trail to go to if you live nearby.

walking
24 days ago

This trail is definitely a nature walk or a nice bike ride. There are a few places to start at, I usually use the Jordan Soccer Complex. You can take the paved route out 4 miles or go the extended 1.5 miles through Clark Park. There are some hills but nothing major, most of the route is pretty flat. Very pretty area for the view as well.

3 months ago

Dogs love the trail

4 months ago

Great location to run. A bit short on people. Great place to run.

5 months ago

I wish it were not paved but otherwise it's meticulously maintained with a water point at about the 1 mile mark. not too many people on it. Dog friendly with poop bags at the entrance. excellent trail for backpacking, ruckmarching, and running. it says it's for bikes as well, although I didn't see any and that seems rather hazardous with the number of pedestrians.

walking
5 months ago

Wife and I walked from one end to the other and back. Total distance 5mi. one way. It continues around the reservoir and ends at the river

6 months ago

Nice and very well kept!!!

hiking
7 months ago

Me & my husband did this hike & we thought it was a loop. DEFINITELY NOT A LOOP. Its out & back so we ending up doing 10 miles all together. nice scenery tho & we seen deers.

mountain biking
7 months ago

Very mild terrain, asphault the whole way. beautiful scenery! Perfect for a beginner. A couple singletrack trails along the way for mountainbikers. friendly people. Very anticlimatic ending. relatively long. Only 1 water station after about mile 1, delicious water though!

trail running
7 months ago

Great improved trail for running and casual walks. Offers unique scenery in the heart of built up Fayetteville. Provides good changes in elevation to challenge running and biking excursions.

walking
10 months ago

Great Trail! We will definitely walk it again.

10 months ago

beautiful and kids friendly!!

Wednesday, November 02, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, October 19, 2016

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

trail running
Wednesday, October 05, 2016

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
Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Awesome trail...

hiking
Sunday, July 31, 2016

Clean and neat place

mountain biking
Sunday, July 03, 2016

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
Monday, June 27, 2016

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

hiking
Wednesday, June 22, 2016

absolutely great. beautiful scenery, just loved it

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