Paddle to ancient bald cypress trees, explore a wetland boardwalk, race through rapids, catch your own clams, and savor shrimp and grits as you head east along the mighty Cape Fear.
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Safe Passage on the Intracoastal Waterway
Commercial and recreational vessels cruise a watery highway of natural and dredged channels, with one face toward the land and the other toward the ocean.
The 1980s: The Bird Man
In Wilmington, a biology professor makes it his mission to understand and protect the waterbirds that nest along the North Carolina coast — and inspires his students to do the same.
Discover Our Rivers by Kayak
Cape Fear Riverkeeper Kemp Burdette’s mission is to help people get out on the water and connect with the river.
The 1960s: Crossing into the Future in Wilmington
On the cusp of a new decade, the Cape Fear Memorial Bridge is completed in Wilmington. The modern bridge is an icon of the fast-growing city, a connection to the rest of the state, and a promise of big things to come.
Around Town: Fayetteville
From a night at the theater to a day spent beside — or zip-lining above — the Cape Fear River, there are plenty of unexpected things to see and do in this historic Army town in the Sandhills.
A Series of Unfortunate Events
You had one job, royal surveyors.
Hidden Gems of the Lower Cape Fear River Region
It’s no secret that our southern coast is rich with tourist attractions. Like the river, we’re winding through the region and shining the spotlight on a few lesser-known local treasures.
At Lanes Ferry Dock & Grill, It Takes Time to Make Fast Food
Regulars swear by this throwback diner near the Cape Fear River in Pender County, where everything — from waffles to burgers to fried bologna — is made to order and just right.