We noticed that you're using an unsupported browser. The TripAdvisor website may not display properly.
We support the following browsers:
Windows: Internet Explorer, Mozilla Firefox, Google Chrome. Mac: Safari.

Cape Fear River

Wilmington, NC
800-676-0162
Improve this listing
87%
Ranked #14 of 32 Attractions in Wilmington
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The most industrialized of all North Carolina's rivers, this water system stretches 200 miles...
More attraction details
Attraction details
Type: Bodies of Water, Outdoors
Owner description: The most industrialized of all North Carolina's rivers, this water system stretches 200 miles through the heart of the North Carolina piedmont, crossing the coastal plain, and empties into the Atlantic near Southport.

Hotels near Cape Fear River

Write a Review

87 reviews from our community

Visitor rating
    46
    30
    7
    1
    3
Date | Rating
  • English first
  • Italian first
  • Any
English first
Sellersville, Pennsylvania
Reviewer
3 reviews 3 reviews
7 helpful votes 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 12, 2014

Because I spend about two months in late summer/early autumn on Topsail Island, NC, which is about 30 miles north of Wilmington, I am in and out of the city frequently. I have enjoyed the variety of cultural offerings, fine restaurants and the practical shopping venues for food and household necessities.

Was this review helpful? Yes
San Diego, California
Top Contributor
109 reviews 109 reviews
24 attraction reviews
38 helpful votes 38 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 4, 2014

The Cape Fear River flowed just behind the hotel I stayed at in Wilmington, NC, in the historic district. There were lots of benches that you could sit on and enjoy the view. There are also walking/running paths along the side of it. I saw a lot of people strolling along as well as hoofing it. Saw all kinds of... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Ronneby, Sweden
Top Contributor
221 reviews 221 reviews
182 attraction reviews
87 helpful votes 87 helpful votes
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 4, 2014

You can walk the river walk to watch the river. There is also a few ways to go down to the river from the historic district. From the river walk you can see the USS North Carolina ship on the other side. I didn't do it, but I think it's possible to take a tour on the river on a... More 

Was this review helpful? Yes
Huntington Station, New York
Top Contributor
153 reviews 153 reviews
49 attraction reviews
52 helpful votes 52 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 3, 2014

The river is nice and the wildlife is abundant. The history of the river and downtown Wilmington are evident all along the river. Worth a stop to see.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Seymour, Tennessee
Top Contributor
83 reviews 83 reviews
33 attraction reviews
32 helpful votes 32 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 15, 2014

Cape Fear river current is very swift and strong. River is only a few feet from Riverwalk surface. Can look across river and see majestic USS North Carolina. Areas along river in historic district are clean and inviting.

Was this review helpful? Yes
Wilmington, North Carolina
Reviewer
4 reviews 4 reviews
1 helpful vote 1 helpful vote
5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 9, 2014

I love coming downtown to the cape fear river. They have shops and tons of restaurants. There's even a brewery one street up! Great view and always stuff going on in the area!

Was this review helpful? Yes 1
Rocky Hill, Connecticut
Top Contributor
289 reviews 289 reviews
116 attraction reviews
93 helpful votes 93 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

How do you review a river?. First of all, it is very wet. Assume that the fish in the river are happy, except when eaten. Sufficiently wide for boats to pass. When sun reflects off river, it hurts the eyes. Something should be done about this. Otherwise its perfect.

Was this review helpful? Yes 5
Durham, North Carolina
Contributor
17 reviews 17 reviews
5 attraction reviews
2 helpful votes 2 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 2, 2014

Great area to walk around, eat ice cream, sit by the water or take a carriage ride! A must do, weather permitting!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Charlotte, North Carolina
Top Contributor
114 reviews 114 reviews
45 attraction reviews
65 helpful votes 65 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 16, 2014

Beautiful scenic river - walk along the boardwalk - changes every morning. Take a boat tour and enjoy the town from the water!

Was this review helpful? Yes
Myrtle Beach, South Carolina
Top Contributor
156 reviews 156 reviews
85 attraction reviews
118 helpful votes 118 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 8, 2014

There is so much you can do along the Cape Fear River...Take a stroll on the boardwalk, visit Battleship North Carolina, take a boat tour, eat at one of many restaurants or just sit and enjoy its beauty.

Was this review helpful? Yes 3

Travelers who viewed Cape Fear River also viewed

Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
Wilmington, North Carolina Coast
 

Been to Cape Fear River? Share your experiences!

Write a Review Add Photos & Videos

Owners: What's your side of the story?

Register now for free — and start getting automatic notification of new reviews, responding to traveler feedback, adding new photos to your listing and much more.

Manage your listing

Questions & Answers

Questions? Get answers from Cape Fear River staff and past visitors.
Posting guidelines
Typical questions asked:
  • Do I have to buy a ticket for my infant?
  • How do I get there using public transportation?
  • Is there a restaurant or café onsite?