are three adjectives John Meroski, president and CEO Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau
, uses to describe the area.
There is no doubting Fayetteville and Cumberland County's patriotism considering Fort Bragg is located next door. Meroski points out that many sites
throughout community pay tribute to the contributions of the military, both past and present.
Fayetteville was the location where the North Carolina delegates ratified the U.S. Constitution, and the UNC system was chartered. During the Civil War, Fayetteville was Sherman’s first objective in North Carolina. With such rich history, Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau, with the help of local historians, arranged history into specific themes on the Cultural Heritage Trails
, one of the top 10 zipLines in the U.S., indoor skydiving at ParacleteXP
; and one of the largest climbing walls on the East Coast at The Climbing Place
, Fayetteville (and Cumberland County as a whole) offers plenty of opportunities for adventure. He adds there's also Carvers Creek State Park
with its hiking, fishing and wildlife viewing opportunities. The park houses a rare longleaf pine ecosystem and endangered wildlife such as the red-cockaded woodpecker.
It's plain to see that "America's Hometown
" has something for nearly every interest and age.
Whether you're visiting for a couple of days or longer, here are Meroski's five ("out of several," he says) 'must-sees' that'll give you a feel for the area.
- Visit Carvers Creek State Park in Spring Lake. The park encompasses the James Stillman Rockefeller Estate. Sign up for a guided tour of the estate and grounds.
photos courtesy of Rubberneck Media and Fayetteville Area Convention and Visitors Bureau; (top left) Veterans Park, (middle right) Veterans Park 2, (bottom right) ZipQuest
- Take a ZipQuest tour. During the visit, you climb into the trees and your feet don’t touch the ground for hours. The adventure includes nine zip lines, with one as big as two football fields.