Hiking in Dunn, NC

By Carol Cowan on April 27, 2011 at 11:39 pm EST

PHOTO CREDIT: Todd Bennett

Whether you prefer to pedal, paddle or simply perambulate, you’ll find plenty of outdoor opportunities in Dunn.

The recent opening of the 5.3-mile Dunn-Erwin Rail Trail puts this area on track with a national trend that is giving old railroad lines new life as trails for bicyclists, hikers and residents who just want to get out and enjoy nature. The trail was converted from old train tracks into a new destination for bikers, hikers and casual walkers. Like the name suggests, the trail stretches from downtown Erwin to downtown Dunn, with plenty of beautiful scenery on the way and shops surrounding the trailheads, rewarding those who make it the length of the trail.

The Cape Fear River also cuts a path through Harnett County, making the area ideal for water recreation. Paddlers take to the water at the Cape Fear Canoe Trail, a 56-mile stretch of water for recreational use.

The city of Dunn hosts an annual outdoor monthly concert series where families and children are welcome. For a fun family outing, parents and kids head to Duffie's Exotic Bird Ranch, also in Dunn, which is home to more than 1,000 brilliantly colorful live birds from all over the world.Seniors in the area have plenty to do, with county-sponsored senior golf tournaments and bus tours in addition to the Anderson Creek Senior Center's educational programs, craft classes and more. Little league and municipal sports leagues are also offered throughout the county, giving younger kids and adults an opportunity to participate in team activities.

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