There are several areas within 20-30 miles of Fayetteville that are worth-it destinations for trail running.
Carvers Creek State Park. This 4,000-acre state park located 13 miles north of Fayetteville features terrific trails for running. It’s a combination of pine forest and open fields. The historic Long Valley section is a former farm, with 3 miles of trails. The Sandhills section has 10 miles of trails on sandy soil. Best bet there is the 4-mile Longleaf Pine Trail. TRAIL INFO SANDHILLS AREA TRAIL MAP Note: trails in the Sanhills area can be soft/sandy.
Raven Rock State Park. This state park is about a 40-minute drive from Fayetteville, featuring easy-to-moderate trails for running. Generally wooded, and some sections can be steep or rocky. Best options for running are the Bridle Trail (4 mile East Loop or 4-mile West Loop, which can be combined); Raven Rock Loop Trail (2.6 miles); Mountain Laurel Loop (6-mile mountain bike trail) TRAIL MAP TRAIL INFO
Weymouth Woods Sandhills Nature Preserve. Nature preserve located 33 miles west of Fayetteville features several miles of trails through longleaf pine forest. The trails are generally easy for running. The best bet is the 2.6 mile Equestrian Trail. TRAIL DESCRIPTIONS & MAP