The 4-mile-long Cape Fear River Trail winds through a mix of wooded acres and marshes and affords stunning views of the Cape Fear River. The trail is relatively flat but with some hills. You will encounter boardwalks and bridges, even one covered bridge.
Wildlife abounds here: frogs, lizards, turtles and deer are all common sights. Interpretive signage educates trail users about the local flora and fauna, including more than 700 species of plant and tree and 150 species of bird.
The Cape Fear River Trail is part of the East Coast Greenway, a series of urban greenways that will eventually extend from Maine to Key West, Florida.
Parking and Trail Access
Parking is available at the southern terminus: Clark Park Nature Center, 631 Sherman Drive, at the end of the road. You can also park at the Jordan Soccer Complex, 445 Tree Top Drive, the northern terminus.
Great trail, but of note...
This a a great trail, was on it 3-4 days a week for a while. Just so you know the description is a little off when it comes to the hills. On the Soccer complex end the hills range from small to significant enough that you are cautioned to walk your bike. ...
I have enjoyed riding on this trail but it should be noted that there is at least one stretch when you are on the surface streets for about a block. It is a quiet residential area so traffic is not a big problem.