Photo of Cape Fear Botanical Garden
Cross Creek Linear Park ends near the entrance to Cape Fear Botanical Garden.  Encompassing nearly 80 acres, this magnificent Garden features more than 2,000 varieties of ornamental plants, specialty gardens, outdoor exhibits, a river walk and the visitors pavilion with exhibits and gift shop.

Photo of Market House

 

The focal point of Fayetteville’s major downtown streets, this National Landmark was the original site of the North Carolina State House. Architecturally unique, it is one of the few structures in North America to use the town hall scheme found in England.

Photo of Cool Spring Tavern
A natural spring on the bank Cross Creek, Cool Spring was the water source for the European pioneers who settled here. A folk legend claims anyone who drinks from the spring will return to Fayetteville. Cool Spring Tavern, believed to be the oldest building in Fayetteville, housed the North Carolina delegates who ratified the U.S. Constitution in 1789.

Photo of Marquis De Lafayette


Located in CrossCreekPark, this statue honors Fayetteville’s namesake, the Marquis de Lafayette. Fayetteville is said to be the first of many American cities/counties named for this Revolutionary War hero and the only U.S. “namesake” location the Marquis actually visited.

Photo of Cross Creek Cemetery


The city’s oldest public cemetery, it contains more than 1,000 grave markers. Many of Fayetteville’s prominent early citizens are buried here, as are veterans dating back to the American Revolution. The retaining wall along Cross Creek is said to be one of the oldest pieces of construction still standing in Fayetteville.

Photo of Parade Grounds Marker


Fayetteville Independent Light Infantry Parade Grounds: A historic marker notes the spot where Fayetteville’s Independent Light Infantry – the oldest militia unit in continuous existence in the south – once marched.

Photo of Evans AME Zion Church


Fayetteville’s first Methodist church was organized at the turn of the 19th century.

 

Near Cape Fear Botanical Garden is a place where you and your best friend can run free, with separate enclosed areas for small and larger dogs.

Photo of First Presbyterian Church Marker

 

One of several historic churches along the trail, First Presbyterian Church was built in 1832 after the original building burned in the Great Fire that destroyed many buildings inFayetteville1831.

Photo of St. Johns Episcopal Church

 

Reconstructed in 1832 after Fayetteville’s Great Fire of 1831, this church features unique Gothic architecture and stained glass windows that were made in Munich and shipped by ox cart from New York.