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Get Moving this May

Warm weather is here, which means it’s the perfect time to get outside and get moving! There are tons of spots throughout Fayetteville to enjoy the great outdoors and get some exercise in. Below we have listed some favorite local trails and parks for a stroll, jog or picnic this month.

  • Cape Fear River Trail: This paved path reaches about 5.3 miles one way and is perfect for a walk, jog or bicycle ride. Enjoy a look at wildlife along this trail that offers more than 700 species of plants and trees.
  • Bayard Clark Park & Nature Center: This second largest regional park is an ideal spot for an afternoon picnic. There is never a dull moment here as the Nature Center offers fun programs for individuals and families, like nature story time and a bird appreciation walking group.
  • Riverside Dog Park: Take your furry friend out for some exercise at this dog-friendly spot. The location is open every day from dawn to dusk.
  • North Carolina Veterans Park: Explore downtown and take a stroll through the first park dedicated to military veterans in the state. This spot memorializes veterans from over 100 North Carolina counties from all branches of the Armed Services.

If you’re looking for a way to get involved in the community while spending time outdoors, check out the volunteer program for the Fayetteville-Cumberland County Parks & Recreation department!

Local Spots for Spending Spring Outdoors

With temperatures finally rising it’s time to think about spending more time outside. Luckily, there are plenty of beautiful parks in the area for our community to enjoy. Whether you’re looking for somewhere to sit in the sun, go for a hike, play with your dog or spend the day exploring nature – Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation has a spot for you!

  • The North Carolina Veterans Park is celebrated as the first state park that is dedicated to military veterans from all branches of the Armed Services. While Veterans Park provides beautiful scenery, the visitor’s center is also something to see. There’s a chandelier made from 33,500 “dogtags,”and an interactive globe that allows you to pinpoint a location and learn about the events that happened there.
  • Cross Creek Linear Park follows along Fayetteville’s Cross Creek River, providing the perfect place for locals to run, walk or bike with a view. Beautiful green areas along the pathway also offer up an ideal spot for a picnic or simply relaxing in the fresh air.
  • Looking for somewhere to spend time with your furry friends? At Riverside Dog Park, dogs can play with other dogs in one of two enclosures based on their size. All dogs must be legally licensed and have current vaccinations with tags, and outside of the enclosures dogs must be on a leash.
  • Bayard Clark Park is the city’s second largest regional park and is considered a true local gem those who frequent it. This natural woodland area is dedicated to preserving the environment and educating people on North Carolina plants and wildlife. Three trails wind through the park and a Nature Center showcases both static displays and live reptiles and amphibians. Water lovers rejoice – the park also has a put-in point on the Cape Fear River for canoes!

Head over to the Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation website to learn more about these outdoor hot spots and more!