5 day trip ideas near Fayetteville, NC


After more than a year indoors, people are ready to get out of their homes and even their cities and enjoy their summer in the sun.

North Carolina has some fun outdoor places the whole family can enjoy for a daytime vacation. Here are a few

Outside:5 outdoor hidden gems to visit in the Fayetteville area this summer

Carrigan Farms

1261 Oakridge Farm Road, Mooresville


About two and a half hours from Fayetteville is Carrigan Farms in Mooresville. In addition to also serving as an event space, Carrigan Farms has a natural quarry in which patrons are allowed to swim. Customers must register for an open swim hour from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. or 3:45 p.m. until sunset with a deposit of $ 5 and $ 20 in cash or check at the door per person. To register, visit their website.

Hanging Rock State Park

1790 Hanging Rock Road, Danbury


About two and a half hours from Fayetteville in Danbury is Hanging Rock State Park. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. between May and September. The park also has a swimming beach during the summer months which is open Monday 11 am-5.45pm and Thursday-Sunday 10 am-5.45pm. Times may vary based on availability Staff. Call 336-593-8480 to check swimming and fees.

Dogwood farms

8096 Belews Creek Road, Belews Creek


About two hours from Fayetteville is a great place for all sunflower lovers. Dogwood Farms in Forsyth County has a sunflower plot where patrons can buy flowers or arrange a photoshoot. Admission to the farm is $ 8 per person, $ 5 for people 65 and over. Children under 6 and veterans or on active duty with a military ID card are free.

Jordan Lake

280 State Park Road, Apex


About an hour from Fayetteville is Jordan Lake State Recreation Area in Apex. The park has approximately 14 miles of hiking trails and seven swimming beaches. The park, located at 280 State Park Road, is open 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. between May and August.

Tucker Lake

3025 Allens Crossroads Road, Benson


Just 45 minutes from Fayetteville is Tucker Lake in Benson. Weather permitting, normal lake hours are 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. It is open Wednesday to Sunday from July 3 to August 8, but will be open on Monday for the bank holiday weekend. From August 14 to 29, it will be open weekends only and from September 4 to 6 for Labor Day. Admission to the lake is $ 12 for ages 12 and over and $ 10 for ages 3 to 11.


There are also beaches in the Wilmington area and along the South Carolina coast, less than three hours from Fayetteville, which would make a great day trip for the whole family.

Editor-in-chief Akira Kyles can be reached at [email protected]


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