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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Cross Creek Linear Park is a project of the non-profit City of Fayetteville Linear Park Corporation, working in collaboration with the City of Fayetteville and Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation.