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J. Bayard Clark Park and Nature Center

631 Sherman Drive

Clark Park is the city’s second largest regional park and is considered a gem those who frequent it. It was designed, and remains, a natural woodland area dedicated to preserving the environment and educating the public on North Carolina plants and wildlife. Three trails wind through the park and along the Cape Fear River. The Nature Center showcases both static displays and live reptiles and amphibians. Certified park rangers educate visitors at the center, along the park trails and through school visits. They conduct yearly events at the park such as nature fairs, basic astronomy, animal print tracking and much more!

A visit to the Nature Center can include a picnic at one of the eight tables on the back deck overlooking the woods and waterfall. The park also has a put-in point on the Cape Fear River for canoes. You must provide your own canoe and equipment. For those interested in walking, jogging or bicycling, use the main parking lot to start your visit to the Cape Fear River Trail, a four mile paved trail running between the park and the Jordan Soccer Complex. A sign at the corner of the parking lot directs patrons to the trailhead.


Brooke Sandy High

Wednesday, March 21, 2018
This is a great park and nature center. We love to come check out the animals (and feed them sometimes!) and play at the playground. We love that there are walking trails and places to explore, too. Great place to enjoy God's creation!

Brett and Jenni Swain

Tuesday, March 13, 2018
Other than a couple of weird dudes that kept oddly popping up out the wood lines(and then tried to act all natural, like they weren't up to anything creepy) this place was pretty awesome. It has a very well kept park and play area for children(I caution you again with the creepy dudes). The trails were a bit confusing and we didn't eventually find a long one(not that we looked that hard). I however found the coolest attribute to be the train tracks. We walked up and down for a while found a large amount of old spikes and what not.

Adam Hill

Sunday, March 18, 2018
Take the time to first see the indoor exhibits. A lot of great animals and kid-friendly (and educational!) displays for free before you hike. Once you hit the paved trail, you will realize this is is a great destination in Fayetteville. A must visit for families or anyone who enjoys the outdoors.

Kayla Joyce

Monday, March 26, 2018
Fayetteville's Best Kept Secret!! I can't say enough great things about this place. It gets better, and better throughout the years! The trail is always immaculate, and well-cared for! I miss personnel riding along the trail to check on people. They've stopped doing this is recent years, and in its place, I think they need more emergency stations, but otherwise, it's a very safe place, and the new addition of the Bike Path is stellar!! If you haven't been here yet, you are missing out! It's BEAUTIFUL, and green!! A nice break from Fayetteville's busyness.

Ky DeFilippo

Thursday, Feb. 22, 2018
Great for families and has several routes for runners(small distance routes). Easily make your own routes. Just have a good idea of where you are when you need to find your car. Has a decent area for kids to play. Also has a nature center.

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