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Life in Fayetteville, NC may revolve around the pumping heart of Fort Bragg, but life here sure ain’t just about work! In fact, the forward-thinking, adventure-minded folks that Fort Bragg brings to Fayetteville drive some of the state’s most riveting active pursuits. On any given weekend, you’ll see Fayetteville’s unstoppable citizens pursuing happiness in all kinds of fun ways. Here are six of our favorites!
Like ziplining? Then you’ll love ZipQuest. The super-innovative course takes squealing zippers for a two-hour soar above the forest floor. The course’s eight ziplines whizz between loads of treetop platforms, three suspension bridges and three spiral staircases, culminating in a doozy of a view of Carver’s Falls. If you’re looking to up the adrenaline ante, try doing it all in the dark (with ZipQuest’s NightQuest zipline tours) to get twanged seven stories high on the Swing Shot. The best part: Ticket prices contribute towards the preservation of the Carver’s Falls natural area.
Maybe you’d like to make sure that your weekend is full of problems: Bouldering problems. There are more than 40 of them (top-out, natch) at the Triangle Rock Club, so you should be set from Friday to Sunday at least. The rest of the facility is nothing to sniff at, either: 8,500 square feet of terrain includes 60 climbing routes (top rope and lead), 27 belay bars, a yoga studio and a training area with a hangboard (that you’ll keep saying you’re going to use but you never actually do because let’s face it, that thing is super-hard and you’d rather pull plastic). The gear shop does rentals, just in case you forgot to bring your quiet sticky ninja feet.
Black Ops Paintball may host lots of birthday parties, but don’t let that fool you–there are guys prowling these fields that can easily paint you up into a rainbow long before you’re aware of their presence. Founded by combat veterans and catering to all levels (and they do mean “all levels,” from your first-grader to James Bond), Black Ops spreads out the action over fifty hard-breathing acres, including a custom-built cityscape. In fact, Black Ops has the only regulation-sized, turfed, and fully stadium lit field in the Carolinas. Oh–and there’s a party room, so you can celebrate the unholy carnage with some pizza.
Celebrate the long, heroic history of Fort Bragg at the 82d Airborne Division War Memorial. The facility was built in honor of the Fort’s much-decorated 82d Airborne Division (an “active-duty, modular airborne infantry division of the United States Army” that’s still very much in play) and focuses on the Division’s storied history from 1917 to the present. The museum itself has been around since 1945 when Major General James M. Gavin first hard the idea: and when the 82d Airborne Division received the honor of Occupation Duty in Berlin at the end of World War II. The museum’s collection contains lots of neat warware, from a 1960’s transport mule to purloined German equipment to artifacts from Normandy.
If you like all things that roostertail red dirt, then your destiny lies trackside (or on-track) at the Fayetteville Motor Speedway. Nitro Circus makes appearances here, as do all manner of vehicles from the stock to the wild. Weekly events bring motorsports enthusiasts for miles around, filling the stadium with folks who are as hardcore about race culture as you are–and as friendly as can be.
We might be a little biased, but y’know what? We’re not wrong. Our very favorite thing to do around Fayetteville NC is, of course, skydiving. We’re in Fayetteville’s immediate neighborhood–just half an hour west of city center, as a matter of fact–which makes us the closest skydiving center in proximity. We’re also, as luck might have it, the best, with an enormous, welcoming community of fun jumpers, an extensive facility, fast, capacious planes and the friendliest, most professional crew in the business.
What are you waiting for? Let us give you the aerial tour of Fayetteville, complete with freefall!