Fayetteville is a city in Cumberland County, in the western part of the North Carolina Coastal Plain region. It is the county seat of Cumberland County, and is best known as the home of Fort Bragg, a major U.S. Army installation northwest of the city.
Fayetteville has received the prestigious All-America City Award from the National Civic League three times. According to the 2011 United States Census estimate, the city has a population of 205,678. It ranks as the sixth-largest municipality in North Carolina. With an estimated population of 374,157, the Fayetteville metropolitan area is the largest in southeastern North Carolina, and the fifth-largest in the state.
Fly in to the Fayetteville Regional Airport, located north near the Coliseum.
Or, fly in to the Raleigh-Durham airport. The drive south to Fayetteville is 1-1½ hours long.
There is an Amtrak station downtown, with routes leading to points along the East Coast.
The Fayetteville Area System of Transit (FAST) serves the Fayetteville and Spring Lake regions, with ten bus routes and two shuttle routes.
- 1 Airborne and Special Ops Museum, 100 Bragg Blvd (in downtown Fayetteville), ☎ , e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org. A military museum dedicated to the nation's premier warriors. Several eras of Special Operations missions are on display. Free (donations accepted).
- Museum of the Cape Fear Historical Complex, 801 Arsenal Ave, ☎ . The historical complex includes the museum building with more than 400 years of history seen in exhibits; the 1897 Poe House, a late-Victorian house museum; and the historic Arsenal Park, the remains of an ordnance factory that served both the Federal and Confederate governments. Free.
Downtown Fayetteville. The downtown area of Fayetteville (Hay Street) has undergone a massive clean-up over the last few decades and now provides a few blocks of tourist-friendly shops and restaurants.
Festival Park, a few blocks away from downtown, is a natural community gathering place featuring weekly outdoor concerts with a Southern, hometown atmosphere.
Carver's Falls. Carver’s Falls is a virtually untouched 55-acre area of forest located in the Sandhills of North Carolina. The area is named after the waterfall that is over 150 feet wide and two stories tall nestled in the heart of the property. For centuries, Carver’s Falls has been closed to the public and few even knew of its existence. The falls are privately held, but can been seen as part of the ZipQuest Waterfall and Treetop Adventure
The Climbing Place, 436 W Russell St, ☎ . M-Th Sa 10AM-10PM, F 10AM-11PM, Su 12:30PM-6:30PM. An indoor rock climbing gym in downtown Fayetteville. $13 all-day.
Fayetteville's 4th Fridays are monthly celebrations of the arts and downtown Fayetteville, taking place the fourth Friday of every month, from 6 to 10PM open to all ages, visitors enjoy art and entertainment while enjoying the small galleries, bookstores, bistros and shops full of unique items. Exhibits, entertainment and featured artists all come together to bring the art of Fayetteville to everyone at no charge. Businesses in the 4-block radius of historic downtown Fayetteville participate with artistic venues, featuring the arts in all forms. Every month, 4th Friday features a theme or special event, live entertainment, unique restaurants, cafes and shops.
Annual Dogwood Festival (Spring), Downtown. A Spring festival with a carnival, car show, games, and concerts. Free admission, $20 for concerts.
Dogwood Fall Festival, Downtown. A Fall festival with live music, food trucks, hayrides, and haunted trails. Free admission.
Crosscreek Mall is the only mall in Fayetteville, and serves as a home for many major fashion retail chains.
Smaller shops and antique shops can be found near downtown on Hay Street.
Fayetteville also has several flea markets on Bragg Blvd, Raeford Rd and Macpherson Church Rd, all of which sell various eclectic goods on weekends.
Historic Downtown area
- Blue Moon Cafe, 310 Hay St. Traditional fine dining with enjoyable ambience
- Pierro's Italian Bistro, 217 Hay St. Romantic Italian restaurant.
- Sherefé, 114 Gillespie St. A well-established Mediterranean style restaurant featuring Greek and Turkish selections. Dancers entertain on weekends.
- Luigi's, 528 N McPherson Church Rd. Named the best Italian restaurant 10 years running by the Fayetteville Observer.
- Haymont Grill & Steak House, 1304 Norganton Rd. An historic restaurant located in the Haymount neighborhood. (The story goes that when the restaurant opened in the 1950s, the owner was trying to save money by leaving out some expensive neon letters. Now the sign is a historic landmark and cannot be fixed.) The "Hamont Grill" serves steak, Greek specialties, and southern diner food. Their cakes and pies are especially well regarded.
- Mi Casita, (several locations). A local Mexican restaurant chain in the Fayetteville area.
The Mash House Brewery on Sycamore Road offers a wide range of brews from Heifeweizen, IPA and Porter. Reasonable prices, a large restaurant area including an outside dining area, and an interesting mix of people in the bar.
- Congos. Latin club. Good on Saturday night
- Huske. Downtown club great on Saturday night.
- Caddilac Ranch. Country club. Wednesday is $1 special night
- Lidos. Downtown Club - nice setup.
- Big Apple. Urban Club. Wed is Latin night.
- Itz. Club, bar, restaurant.
- Speak Easy. Urban club. Friday is Latin night.
- The Dog House. Bar, club. Thursday is $1 specials. Tons of people.
- VIA 216. Urban club. Friday is Latin night
- Paddy's. Irish pub. Good on Thursday and the weekends
- Marriott Courtyard Fayetteville, 4192 Sycamore Dairy Road, ☎ .
- Suburban Extended Stay Hotel, 3719 Bragg Blvd., ☎ . Check-in: 3PM, check-out: noon. Free wireless high-speed Internet access. 126 rooms.
- The Wingate Inn on Sycamore Dairy Road is centrally situated (along with some other chains) and accessible to the Fort Bragg area as well as downtown. Large, clean rooms with excellent service at both the front desk and housekeeping. Complimentary breakfast from 6AM-9AM. Small fitness room and whirlpool.
- Research Triangle – Raleigh, Durham, and Chapel Hill, a trio of cities home to major universities and cultural attractions, not to mention the state capital
- Wilmington – the beach, as well as Battleship North Carolina and Fort Fisher for military history buffs
|Routes through Fayetteville|
|Washington, D.C. ← Selma ←||N S||→ Florence → Savannah|
|Washington, D.C. ← Rocky Mount ←||N S||→ Florence → Savannah|
|Richmond ← Benson ←||N S||→ Lumberton → Savannah|