Fall brings with it relief from the heat and an increased number of opportunities to seek adventure in the greater Fayetteville area. One look at a Cumberland County map reveals that this area is blessed to have several community parks, all of which offer a diverse range of recreational trails and activities to choose from. Whether you are attracted to the water, prefer getting around on wheels, or like family-oriented exercise, the following activities are just three examples of how the locals here like to stay active.
Kayaking at Lake Rim Park, Southwest Fayetteville
Hit the water at Lake Rim and hone your kayaking skills. Among the many recreational activities this park offers its adventurers; kayaking is one of the most unique. Whether you go out solo, sign up for a relaxing Kayak Tour or join a more ambitious Kayak Trip, the beginner and novice alike may pick which activity matches their skill level. Best of all, the park provides all equipment needed for each scheduled kayaking adventure.
Pokémon-Hunting at Hope Mills Municipal Park, Hope Mills
Grab the family, the dog and your cell phone, and make your way to this community park, a popular PokéStop. Measuring 1.8 miles in length, the paved track here offers a safe, dog-friendly place to get your steps in while the kids catch some of those elusive creatures that like to hide in the wild. Along the way, be sure to take advantage of the track’s workout/stretch stations, as well.
Mountain-Biking at J. Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center, East Fayetteville
Load up the mountain bikes and head out to this park to experience their newest recreational addition, the Cape Fear Mountain Bike Trail. About one mile north of the park, off the Cape Fear River Trail, bikers will find two sections of this newly developed biking trail, which extends for three miles. The park has even designated one Saturday each month to be the Mountain Bike Trail Work day, offering folks the chance to become literal “trail-blazers.”
Want to explore more area parks and unique outdoor activities in Cumberland County? Then stop by one of three area Visitor Information Centers for free park maps and information, to include the extensive Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation Activities Guide. Keep track of all the other great events planned year-round using the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau’s Calendar of Events.