Named after the French military hero Marquis de Lafayette, Fayetteville remains true to its military roots as the current home of Fort Bragg, one of the largest installations of the United
States Army. As a result, you’ll find military museums and historic sites within the city and its vicinity. Find RV rentals in Fayetteville and you’ll be well placed to make trips not only to the many battlefields of the American Revolution and the Civil War, but also to the capital, Raleigh, 65 miles to the north, and Charlotte, North Carolina's most populous city, 145 miles to the west.
A Slice of the Atlantic Coast or a Drive on Country Roads?
You don't have to take your RV rental in Fayetteville far from town to enjoy trails, water parks, lakes and nature centers. The multi-use (but non-motorized) Cape Fear River Trail winds parallel to the Treetop and Sherman Drives for a little more than five miles. The trail meanders through a green patchwork of trees and plants home to 150 species of birds and a small population of reptiles and amphibians. Observe them from boardwalks installed through the marshes and wetlands.
While renting an RV in Fayetteville, you’re within a half-day’s drive from experiencing nature on a much grander scale. Fayetteville sits roughly between Cape Hatteras National Seashore at 280 miles to the east, and the Blue Ridge Mountains, about 260 miles to the west.
Heading to the Atlantic, plan for a night or two close to the shore to soak up the wonders of nature this side of the state. Listen to the waves, scope out the shore for beach-nesting birds or sea turtles, watch seals haul out on the beach, gaze up at the dark sky, or simply camp by the beach. Whatever your idea of an all-natural seaside escape, Cape Hatteras likely has something for you. Drive your Fayetteville motorhome rental to the Oregon Inlet Campground and take advantage of the site’s electricity, water and restroom facilities for a more immersive experience of the Atlantic Coast.
On the Outer Banks of North Carolina, about 10 miles north of Cape Hatteras National Seashore, you'll find the Wright Brothers National Memorial at Kitty Hawk. Look for the commemorative plaque that drew the 'flight line' indicating where Wilbur and Orville Wright took flight and landed during their daring experiments at the turn of the 20th century.
From the northwest to the southwest, the celebrated Blue Ridge Mountains straddle the North Carolina state line. As with most motorists, you might want to start your journey at the Blue Ridge Parkway 170 miles north of Raleigh. Named as "America's Favorite Drive," the Blue Ridge Parkway blossoms in autumn when the mountains dramatically transform colors, thanks to vivid fall foliage that attracts massive crowds. More than that, there are hundreds of miles of hiking trails, hundreds of paved scenic overlooks, close to 50 National Heritage Areas, and eight campgrounds where you can park your Fayetteville camper rental as you progress from one milepost to the next. The parks are relatively developed, with dump stations and access to water.
Where to Park Your RV
If you want to leave your RV trailer rental in Fayetteville close to downtown, you'll find a few RV sites within a six- to seven-mile radius, and several within 12-15 miles of the city center. While location is something you need to consider, if the quality of amenities and park features are more important to you, going the distance might be a better option. Fayetteville RV Resort is about 15-20 minutes’ drive northeast of town but offers full hookups, spacious campsites, laundry facilities, pool access, pet enclosure, camp store and propane availability onsite.
Cape Hatteras National Seashore has four camping sites, all suitable for campervans and motorhomes. Electricity and water hookups are available at the Oregon Inlet Campground at Nags Head, an ideal site to park RV rentals in Fayetteville, NC if you also want to visit the Wright Memorial.
RV campgrounds line the Blue Ridge Parkway and are easily identified by the milepost. There are no showers on the campsites, but each provides potable water, sinks, comfort stations and a dump station for recreational vehicles. From North Carolina, the parkway entrances are at Deep Gap via US 421, Marion via Interstate 40, and Asheville via I-40 or I-26.
The Seeds of Freedom Continue to Grow in Fayetteville
Since the American Revolution, Fayetteville has always played a formative role in the history of the United States, and the many districts listed on the National Register of Historic Places attest to how the seeds of patriotism were planted here and continue to grow. Downtown Fayetteville is a great place to start before making your way to other historic areas like the Liberty Point, Market House Square, Pope Air Force Base, and Old Post on Fort Bragg, to name a few.
Military presence is hard to overlook when Fort Bragg is right around the northwest corner, and the Airborne and Special Operations (ASOM) has a 59,000-sq. ft. museum where life-size dioramas, interactive displays and aircraft are on display.
Going back further in time, visit the Museum of the Cape Fear for a look at the incredible collection of folk pottery and related exhibits about the region's Native American inhabitants hundreds of years before the first Europeans arrived. The museum also houses the history of Fayetteville during the Civil War and tales of slavery that started it, so it’s worth a look to gain better insight to historic events that shaped the nation.
Look at the map and see that Fayetteville is at the heart of it all. Rent an RV here, look around you, and with your Fayetteville RV rental, follow where you sense of adventure takes you.
Fayetteville, NC is the perfect spot to start your next road trip.
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