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Cape Fear Canoe TrailsCape Fear Canoe Trails

Canoe through the history of the Cape Fear River. The river flows some 55 miles long to Fayetteville past farms and forest, over the remains of locks and dams built in the early years of the nation, past Revolutionary and Civil War sites, and by a state park. Access the trail in a number of locations including the Wildlife Access two miles south of Lillington off State Road 2016, the NC 217 bridge near Erwin and more. Call (910) 892-3282 for a detailed brochure and more information.

Dunn-Erwin Rail TrailDunn-Erwin Rail Trail

Scenic 5 mile rail corridor that has been transformed into a nature trail for walking, biking and strolling.  Trail heads in both downtown Dunn and downtown Erwin.  Historic markers are located along the trail as well as restaurants and shops at both ends.  Trail crosses the Black River and runs into rural Harnett County.  Trail opened in daylight hours only.  For information contact (910) 892-3282. 

Raven Rock State ParkRaven Rock State Park

State Park, located 9 miles west of Lillington (Signs direct you off US 421 East ), features an immense crystalline structure that rises 150 feet and stretches for more than a mile along the Cape Fear River.  Experience the beauty and nature of Raven Rock through hiking, horseback riding, canoeing, fishing, camping, picnicking and studying nature.  Hours of operation:  November – February 8 a.m. 6 p.m.; March, October 8 am – 7 pm; April, May, September 8 am – 8 pm; June – August 8 am – 9 pm  For information, call (910) 893-4888.

Rhodes Pond Fish  CampRhodes Pond 

Rhodes Pond was built in the 1700's by a dam crossing the Black River.  Now owned by the NC Wildlife Commission, it served as a gristmill and saw mill, which became a hub for settlement.  It has also been the site of a cotton gin, turpentine distillery, post office, tourist court, gas station, and restaurant.  Today Rhodes Pond is a favorite spot for fishing, canoeing, photography, and sunsets.  The lake encompasses  -460 acres of tea-colored water filled with bright lilies, beavers, and enormous groves of cypress.  The Black River is the heart of Rhodes Pond, feeding it continually with both wildlife and a large variety of fish native to the river.  The remains of the old mill site and dam are intact.  You can fish, picnic, canoe, hike and more.  It has a new boat ramp with a floating dock.  The NC Wildlife Commission is also in the process of building a fishing pier to include handicap accessibility. Open daily and free to the public.  Located on US 301, Exit 71, off I-95, five miles south of Dunn. For more information, call the NC Wildlife Commission at 919-707-0150.

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