Chatham County Fun: Enjoy the Summer on the Cape Fear River

Cape Fear River Adventures

Winter is finally over, and the temperatures are heating up quickly in Chatham County. There’s no need to suffer in the heat, though, when you can enjoy a trip with Cape Fear River Adventures.

Whether you’re a whitewater enthusiast or a parent of three young children, Cape Fear River Adventures has something for you. Want a lazy tubing trip or leisurely stand-up paddle excursion? They’ve got it.  Want a 10-mile kayak challenge that includes whitewater along the way? They’ve got it. Want to escape for two days and spend the weekend camping and exploring nature? They’ve got it.

Here’s how to enjoy the summer on the Cape Fear River, with the services from Cape Fear River Adventures:

About the Cape Fear River area:

Cape Fear River is one of the most prominent geographical features in North Carolina, stretching from the piedmont all the way down to Wilmington, N.C. The river runs through Jordan Lake and Raven Rock State Park, which both offer tons of hiking trails and their own possibilities for staying active during the summer. If you visit Raven Rock State Park, make sure you see Lanier Falls, the Fish Traps rapids and the massive Raven Rock, an ageless landmark for river travelers.

If you’re interested in camping, Cape Fear River Adventures provides helpful information for local options. Also, be sure to patronize one of the local restaurants for some delicious food and warm company!

About Cape Fear River Adventures:

Cape Fear River Adventures is a family-owned and operated business located in Lillington, N.C. The owner, Ilia, is originally from Russia, and he moved to North Carolina in 2000, later acquiring ownership of Cape Fear River Adventures in 2012. He has extensive experience paddling the river, using a variety of equipment from paddle boards to kayaks and canoes to whitewater rafts, and you can tell he truly loves the business.

Cape Fear River Adventures

Cape Fear River Adventures offers tons of services, and they are your one-stop-shop for anything water-related on the Cape Fear River. They offer self-guided canoe, kayak, and paddle-board (SUP) rentals and river tubing trips. Covering 25 miles of the river, Cape Fear River Adventures offers trips for a variety of distances and durations, from one hour trips to multiple day excursions, from flat water to whitewater with class I, II, and II+ rapids.

If you’re new to open water, consider attending the $25 Intro to Kayaking class, where you’ll receive hands-on training to improve skills, increase awareness while on the water, and learn more about the varieties of equipment available.

Whether you plan to show up with small kids and have a relaxed paddle for an hour or two or you want to push your limits with a 2-day trip, camping and running rapids, Cape Fear River Adventures has an option for you.

What are people saying?

“Wonderful.”  “Fantastic Fun!” “Love it!” “Great Family Fun.” “Great place and friendly folks.” Those are the titles of the five previous reviews on, which scores Cape Fear River Adventures a 4.5 stars. If you need any more proof of how great this place is, just browse through the other 67 reviews.

Learn more:

To learn more about Cape Fear River Adventures, check out their website at There, you’ll find links to their social media and information about events and programs they’ll be offering throughout 2016.

Cape Fear River Adventures
100 South Main St.
Lillington, NC 27546
Phone: (919) 495-5555

More summer fun:

For other ways to enjoy the weather this summer, check out some of my blog posts from last year:

See you out on the water!

Photos: Cape Fear River Adventures, Facebook