“Russell’s Harnett County Kayaking and Outdoor Wilderness Adventure”

By: Russell Galvan

The highlight of Russell’s day is getting out from behind the desk, putting on his running shoes and heading for the trail. Aside from being a young local professional, he also enjoys kayaking, canoeing and bicycling. Anything that gets him out in the great outdoors puts a smile on his face.

Saturday Morning:

Biscuits and Sausage at T-Mart

What visitor to our area would think that you could get one of the best biscuits in the South at a local gas station? Well, you can! The T-Mart has a line all the way out the door in the early mornings for locals getting a quick breakfast. I recommend you “fuel up” here for a day of outdoor adventures!

800 W. Cumberland
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Kayaking on the Cape Fear River

The Cape Fear River cuts through Harnett County and offers a great opportunity for canoeing and kayaking. If you don’t have your own kayak or boat with you while visiting, Cape Fear River Adventures and Cape Fear River Tours can provide you with convenient rentals and information about canoe trips and tours.

You can put your boat in the water at the boat ramp either at Wildlife Access or at the Cape Fear River bridge near Howards Barbeque – both are located in Lillington. This is a leisurely trip, and can take anywhere from 2-3 hours up to an entire day as there are plenty of things to see. My favorite is the bald eagles nest which can be spotted on the banks of the river. There are a few Class 3 to Class 4 rapids along the way!

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Saturday Lunch:

Tubby’s, Jacksons, The Pizza House – in Erwin

Your trip down the river will bring you to the Town of Erwin. If you’d like to stop for lunch or something cold to drink, there are three great spots to check out, Tubby’s Diner, Jacksons, and The Pizza House. All three of these restaurants are awesome!

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Saturday Night:

Howards BBQ or Sagebrush Steakhouse

After a full day of kayaking and canoeing, I’d suggest you enjoy dining outdoors at Howards BBQ, in Lillington.

Another great place to have a steak dinner and a beer or three after a long day on the river is Sagebrush in Dunn.

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Sunday After Church:

Dunn – Erwin Rail Trail

Grab some water bottles and get ready to see history and nature along the The Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail, a unique five mile trail that connects the two downtown areas of the communities of Dunn and Erwin.

Runners, as well as bikers and walkers enjoy the trail because of the crushed gravel, the shade, and the scenery along the way. You’ll get a chance to go both over and under bridges to see farm fields, and you’ll also cross over a few creeks as well as the Black River. Back in the day, this historic route between Dunn and Erwin was used by trains to haul cotton from The Gin in Dunn to the Denim Plant in Erwin. It’s great to get that sense of history.

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