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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.


Lori Hutchison

Tuesday, Aug. 14, 2018
Such a great day. Kids loved the playground and dinosaurs. The nature center was great. Lots of things for kids to touch and explore. Live animals and various exhibits. Clean restrooms inside the center perfect to wash dirty hands after exploring along the walk paths. Be sure to check out the mini waterfall behind the center next to the patio. Walk paths are easy even for little kids. The paved path offers perfect bike path adventure. Flat most of the way. Great outing for families.

jamie minns

Monday, Aug. 6, 2018
Great playground for kids. Kept clean. Love that the river trail goes behind it. Great for family outings. People also bring dogs there and there are bag dispensers to clean up after pets.


Saturday, Aug. 4, 2018
Very nice park. Lots of shade around the playground area. Plenty of play equipment. Great trails. Small waterfall. Well kept nature center.

Ashley Robertson

Thursday, July 12, 2018
This was the best park I have visited in a while. The playground is so nice and kept up. It has a dinosaur that my kids absolutely live. The picnic tables were very clean. They had a little stage for the kids. But what really blew my mind was the nature center! It was wonderful. The staff and rangers were so nice an very informative. The displays were really nice too. I wish it didn't rain when I went because the trails looked so much fun. But I will be going back again and again.

Mary H

Friday, Aug. 10, 2018
This is a wonderful place to get lost in nature and enjoy a long walk. There are paved trails and wooded trails to choose from. Beautiful scenery!

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