There is no denying that spring in Cumberland County is beautiful. When the dogwoods and azaleas are in bloom, you can’t find a lovelier community. Here are a few outdoor spots that are perfect places to soak in the season. 

Garden Glasses


The  Cape Fear Botanical Garden is located on seventy-eight acres nestled between the Cape Fear River and Cross Creek just two miles from downtown Fayetteville. Founded in 1989, the Garden now boasts more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants and has several specialty gardens, including Camellia, Daylily and Hosta gardens. The Great Lawn is the perfect place to enjoy a variety of spring blooms. 



Carvers Creek State Park offers acres of walking trails in the rare Longleaf pine ecosystem. The area is home to many endangered species, including the Red-Cockaded Woodpecker. View the historic Long Valley Farm, the winter estate of James Stillman Rockefeller. Park rangers offer tours of the home about once a week. Eleven miles of biking and hiking trails recently opened. 

Hope Mills Lake


Families enjoy the sunshine on the banks of Hope Mills lake. This scenic lake offers summer swimming as well as fishing, boating, kayaking and paddleboards. A playground and a snowball from Big T’s makes Hope Mills Lake a perfect place to spend a spring or summer afternoon. 

Scroll through the list below for more outdoor recreation opportunities. Or explore all recreation sites in Cumberland County. 

The Great Outdoors

Cape Fear River Trail

The trail is a 10-foot wide paved path for walkers, joggers, bicyclists and others utilizing…

Riverside Dog Park

A joint effort between the Bark for a Park Committee and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks and…

Cross Creek Linear Park

In 1765, early settlers discovered the bounty of Fayetteville's Cross Creek. The settlement they…