Carvers Creek State Park
Explore a Cumberland County outdoor gem and one of North Carolina’s newer state parks. Located just north of town, this park encompasses over 4,000 acres, 1,420 of which makes up the Long Valley Farm estate that once belonged to James Stillman Rockefeller. We recommend hitting one of the hiking trails to start exploring the farm. If you sign up in advance, you may join a Rockefeller House Tour and learn about the famous family’s winter estate. Other regularly scheduled activities educate visitors on the long-leaf pine ecosystem and the many species of wildlife that make their home there. Keep your eye out for a bald eagle, as visitors have reported some rare sightings over the last few months.
Take the family out to Edward Mendoza Municipal Park for Spring Lake’s biggest event, occurring on April 8th this year. The 16th Annual Spring Fling is a celebration of springtime, baseball, and small-town pride. The free, wholesome entertainment kicks off each year with the opening-day baseball ceremony and parade of teams. Then the fun continues with live music on stage, baseball games, carnival rides and bounce houses, vendors, and concessions. Check out the event’s “Neighborhood Art Attack,” a free mini arts festival organized by the Arts Council of Fayetteville/Cumberland County.
Noble Meats & Eatery
Head over to this locally owned barbecue joint for some good eats and an even better butcher shop. To newcomers, we would recommend first trying the beef brisket plate and dousing it with their smoky-sweet sauce. You will quickly discover, though, that this 30-year-old town staple has more than barbecue plates to sell. Noble Meats is a one-stop shop where hunters bring their trophies for professional processing and locals purchase meat bundles for grilling. Ask about the butcher’s specials, which include a range of meats, like smoked Andouille sausages and home-cured Italian pancetta.
Are you planning a visit to the Town of Spring Lake? More helpful information, including places to stay and eat in Fort Bragg’s gateway community, may be found on the Fayetteville Area Convention & Visitors Bureau (FACVB). Discover things to do year-round in Spring Lake and throughout Cumberland County on the FACVB’s Calendar of Events.