Whenever the weather cooperates, you won’t find us inside, especially if we’re in Cumberland County. The outdoor attractions in Fayetteville and around the city alone are enough to bring us to this area, even though we’re pretty spoiled by the awesome restaurants and other fun here.
And it’s not just the parks, even though there are many there for you. We’re sharing farms, places to fish and shoot, ax throwing, and treetop adventuring in this guide to the outdoors in Fayetteville and beyond.
Outdoor Attractions in Fayetteville and Cumberland County
If you’re ready to go NOW, check out our map at the bottom of this post that includes all of these places.
Axes & X’s Axe Throwing Range
Started by an active-duty soldier and his wife in 2018, Axes & X’s is a mobile ax-throwing operation and perfect outdoor thing to do in Fayetteville! If you follow their calendar and Facebook Page, you can keep track of where you can land your next bullseye!
Black Ops Paintball
2112 River Rd, Fayetteville
Just 15 minutes off of I-95, Black Ops Paintball is where you can really embrace that adrenaline rush! The 150-acre facility was opened by combat veterans in 2012 and offers paintball and airsoft fields.
You can play in the woods, in their hyper ball field, or inside the new 27,000 square foot Airsoft Arena. Gear can be rented from Black Ops so you can focus on hitting your next target!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden
536 N Eastern Blvd, Fayetteville
Cape Fear Botanical Garden is easily one of our favorite outdoor attractions in the Fayetteville area. More than 80 acres of beautiful flowers, plants, and dirt trails are ready to be investigated.
You can wander through the gardens and soak up a variety of colors, no matter when you visit. We’ve been here through each season (even winter) and can vouch for that!
Cape Fear Botanical Garden is also one of our favorite places to see Christmas lights in North Carolina!
Cape Fear River Trail
Sherman Dr, Fayetteville
The Cape Fear River Trail is a great place to escape from it all or catch up with friends as you walk! This 10-foot wide paved path runs for 5.3 miles through Cumberland County.
We mentioned walking, but it’s also perfect for running and biking. The trail passes through shaded trees, a covered bridge, and a variety of plants to further aid your getaway into nature.
Carter Blueberry Farm
4120 Clinton Rd, Fayetteville
The folks at Carter Blueberry Farm have been growing blueberries for over 40 years, and their 3,500 blueberry plants remain ripe for the picking! You can bring your own bucket and enjoy spending some time outside among the bushes.
A day at Carter Blueberry Farm ranks high among our favorite kid-friendly things to do in Fayetteville!
Carvers Creek State Park
Long Valley Farm Access: 2505 Long Valley Rd, Spring Lake
Sandhills Access: 995 McCloskey Rd, Fayetteville
Carvers Creek State Park is an awesome patch of trails with two accesses separated by a five minute drive. The flat trails snake through a variety of scenes including the former historic retreat of the Rockefeller Family and 100-acre millpond at Long Valley Farm.
Walk along the Longleaf Pine Trail at the Sandhills access for a look at an isolated pond, pines galore, and even some wildlife along the way.
Note: closed-toe shoes are recommended and please do not veer off the trail.
Deep Creek ATV Park
2601 Slocomb Rd, Linden
The 2,500 acres of Deep Creek ATV Park will keep the adrenaline pumping. This is the place to relax for a weekend of camping between sessions of off-road ATV and dirt bike riding on first-class trails and facilities.
We might be bold but will say it anyway. Deep Creek ATV Park is the ultimate outdoor activity in Fayetteville!
Fayetteville Rose Garden
2201 Hull St, Fayetteville
If you’re ready to stop and get a breath of fresh air, a walk through the Fayetteville Rose Garden is the perfect remedy for that. With more than 1,000 rose bushes that bloom from April until the first frost, this spot at the Fayetteville Technical Community College is a lovely place for a quick stroll.
There are 30 incredible fishing holes throughout Cumberland County. Aptly named the Fish & Game Trail, these are perfect for you to cast a reel and soak up the silence of nature.
Popular spots on this trail include Lake Rim Park, the Cape Fear River, and the family-owned Cedar Creek Fish Farm.
Fort Bragg Clay Target Center
651 East Manchester Rd, Spring Lake
Aim and fire at the largest shotgun shooting facility in North Carolina! Located right outside of Fort Bragg, the Clay Target Center is perfect for all levels, from beginners to experts.
Rentals are available if you didn’t bring your own and they even offer hands-on instruction and support from on-site experts.
You can also make a weekend out of your Clay Target Center experience since RV facilities are on the property.
5991 Braxton Rd, Hope Mills
Gallberry Farm is open from mid-September through early November and packed with tons of fun activities. With six acres of corn mazes, hayrides, pumpkin patches, and tube slides, you have to try to NOT have a wonderful time.
Tickets and concessions are cash only, so prepare in advance before enjoying one of the best outdoor attractions in Fayetteville.
Gillis Hill Farm
2701 Gillis Hill Rd, Fayetteville
Is there anything better than a giant ice cream cone and roaming a working farm? Gillis Hill Farm has been working the land of Cumberland County since the 1700s and offers visitors an up-close interaction with the animals and land.
After you sit on their porch with a refreshing cone, wander the grounds and say hello to the animals. There are many to chat with so don’t spend too much time in one place!
There are plenty of perfect places to tee off, with 13 golf courses within 20 miles of Fayetteville and Cumberland County. The oldest is Fort Bragg Stryker Golf Course, open since 1946 and featuring 18 holes over 6,800 yards.
However, the most popular golf course in Cumberland County is Anderson Creek. This 18-hole semi-private golf course in Spring Lake allows for a challenging, quiet day on the green.
Lake Rim Park
2214 Tar Kiln Dr, Fayetteville
At Lake Rim Park, You can kayak, fish, and stroll through the wetlands. This place offers all those outdoor activities and more. You can throw a round of horseshoes, play tennis and volleyball, or take part in some of their wonderful outreach programs.
Lake Rim also has a Fishing Tackle Loaner Program, where you can rent a rod and reel for 24 hours if you forgot your own. This is especially convenient if you are traveling and don’t want to haul your fishing gear with you!
Lake Pines Swim Club
1252 Lake Pine Dr, Fayetteville
Bright blue water awaits at the Lake Pines Swim Club. The perfect swimming water is fed from an underground spring and is spread over 2 acres, allowing plenty of room for splashing around!
You should plan to spend the entire day by the water and pack a picnic, too.
1400 Belvedere Ave, Fayetteville
Pack a picnic and revel in Cumberland County’s parks and recreation facilities, also known as Mazarick Park. You can play frisbee golf, take a walk or run around the track, and have a get-together at the picnic shelters.
Of course, you can also get some fishing in at the pier on Glenville Lake. Boat rentals are also available, if want to really get on the water.
460 Hay St, Fayetteville
There’s nothing more American than a baseball game in America’s Hometown, aka Fayetteville! Segra Stadium is a new facility in the heart of downtown and seats up to 4,700 people.
And rounding the bases when the season starts are the Houston Astros-affiliated Fayetteville Woodpeckers. They play in Advanced Class-A’s Carolina League Southern Division. With an intimate atmosphere for games, the prices are more reasonable and the players are more accessible.
Stay alert for line drives, pop ups, and for a very early look at a future Astros all-star!
5552 Trade St, Hope Mills
We’ve mentioned quite a few ways to get out on the water in Cumberland County and for many people, Yakalacky Outfitters is the easiest way to do just that. They shuttle paddleboards, canoes, and kayaks to Hope Mills Lake and Lake Rim Park, offering people a convenient way to savor beautiful days paddling through area waterways.
ZipQuest Waterfall & Treetop Adventure
533 Carvers Falls Rd, Fayetteville
It’s fitting that we’d close this post out with ZipQuest, as it’s one of the most exciting and popular outdoor attractions in Fayetteville. With two different expeditions, visitors can expect a safe and fun time zipping between the trees.
And of course, we must mention that one of the expeditions flies right past Cumberland County’s only private waterfall!
Ready to Explore the Outdoors in Fayetteville?
If you’re not ready to explore the outdoors in this wonderful part of our state, we suggest you read through this list of places at least one more time. Because there’s something for you and anyone else you bring along for the day (or more).
We’ll keep updating this post, too, as we find new ways to explore the outdoors in Fayetteville and beyond in Cumberland County.
As we do, we’d love to know your favorites if you’ve got them. Let us know in the comments section and continue the conversation!