Avent's Creek Access, Bridle Trails, and Bicycle Trail are CLOSED TO ALL USERS due to extremely wet and unsafe conditions. Please check with the Park before accessing these areas. Do NOT park outside of gates and walk in.Last updated on: Sunday, December 9, 2018
The park is open, but there are a few trail closures due to hurricane damage. Canoe Camp and Group Camp are closed. The East Loop Bridle Trail is closed due to trail construction. Please check at the visitor center for routes. Please do not cross barricades or danger tape.Last updated on: Wednesday, November 28, 2018
Hiking, Biking, and Horseback Riding
The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
Negotiate the rapids of Lanier Falls and the Fish Traps on a portion of the Cape Fear Canoe Trail that runs through the park. The entire trail travels for 56 miles along the Cape Fear River from an access point at the US 1 bridge over Deep River. A buoy signals the location of the canoe camp in the park. Contact park staff for information about the nearest access points; there is no access area in the park. Canoeists should exercise caution and wear life vests at all times. Periodic floods make the river dangerous for canoeing. Check with the park office for the current water level before launching your canoe. Portage dams, dangerous rapids.
The best places for fishing in the Cape Fear River are the Fish Traps and the mouth of Campbell Creek. Game fish in these waters include largemouth bass, warmouth, bluegill, catfish, redear and green sunfish. Other interesting species are longnose gar, American eel, chub, shiners, darters and pirate perch. Fishing is permitted during posted park hours only. Anglers must have a state fishing license. Regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission are enforced.
A wide trail leads to the picnic ground from the parking lot on the south side of the river. Towering oak and hickory trees provide shade for 27 tables and eight grills. Drinking water, restrooms and a refreshment stand with a drink machine are located nearby. Some picnic facilities are accessible for persons with disabilities. The picnic shelter can be reserved or used on a first-come, first-served basis if not reserved. Call the park office for more information.