Fayetteville, North Carolina has a hidden treasure called the Cape Fear Botanical Gardens. The 77 acre garden of pine and hardwood forest is located along the Cape Fear river. There are more than 2,000 varieties of cultivated ornamental plants and flowers. The river walk trail makes you feel as if you entered a time warp of 100 years ago. If you are a nature photographer, put this place on your “must see” list.
Most people would focus on the multitudes of beautiful blooming flowers along the manicured paths. I, however preferred the wild areas along the River Walk. Take a few steps off the well trodden areas onto the rocky path, and you are instantly alone with the birds, lizards, and beauty of what North Carolina was like in your grandparents day.
Wind your way around the River Walk and emerge back to the manicured gardens and perhaps you will come across a family of geese.
Keep following the paths back to the main building and find the hydrangea that are just beginning to bloom.
By now, you may need to rest your feet on one of the benches scattered among the flowers.
Once you have explored the gardens, get out of the heat and visit the gift shop inside the air-conditioned building.
This is a place you can visit many times and always find something new to photograph. The Cape Fear Botanical Gardens in Fayetteville, North Carolina are a treat for the eyes and soul. Every photographer’s delight.