5 outside hidden gems to go to this summer season in Fayetteville NC


After more than a year inside because of the COVID-19 pandemic, people are ready to go outside and explore this summer.

There are many hidden gems Fayetteville has to offer that you should be happy to visit this summer. Here are five of them:

Carter blueberry farm

The farm, located at 4120 Clinton Road, will have a one-day preseason selection on Saturday from 7am to 12pm, according to their website. The opening day of the farm is July 10th. Blueberries are priced at $ 1.79 a pound.

Fayetteville Community Garden

The garden, located at 412 Vanstory St., is five acres of land with plots available for community members to plant products, flowers, and herbs. According to the Fayetteville / Cumberland Parks & Recreation website, the concept of the garden is for customers to rent space and Parks & Recreation provides garden boxes, compost and water. No chemicals or plastics, insecticides, fungicides, or fertilizers are allowed.

The garden is open year-round in daylight for $ 25 per lot and can be renewed in January of each year. For more information on renting, call the administration office at 910-433-1547.

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Gillis Hill Farm

The farm is located at 2701 Gillis Hill Road and offers a self-guided walking tour for $ 3. Activities on the tour include the chance to tour the property and see the restored farm buildings, see and feed the animals, enjoy the swings and yard games, enjoy the outdoors and the children’s sand play area.

Self-guided hikes take place from Monday to Saturday from 11 a.m. to 6.30 p.m. without prior notice. The Gillis Hill Farm ice cream parlor is open from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m.

Carver’s Falls

Carver’s Falls on Carvers Falls Road, 72 acres of wooded area in the Sandhills, is named after the waterfall at the heart of the property. The area is also home to Zipquest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure, which are reservation based. To make a reservation, visit zipquest.com.

Raven Rock State Park

Raven Rock State Park is located at 3009 Raven Rock Road in Lillington. The park is open from 7 a.m. to 10 p.m. from June to August. The park is a hiking destination with attractions like Lanier Falls and Fish Trap Rapids. Reservations are required for all campsites.

Staff writer Akira Kyles can be reached at [email protected]

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