District 4 Public Health partnered with Fayetteville Main Street/Downtown Development Authority (DDA) to establish a ‘Wellness Walk’. The path is a 1-mile route around downtown Fayetteville with minimal stops for crossing intersections. The purpose of the ‘Wellness Walk’ is to encourage physical activity among residents and visitors to the area.


Downtown Fayetteville is pedestrian-friendly with several historic landmarks within walking distance of the square. An attractive ‘Wellness Walk’ highlighting the historic buildings is an ideal way for people to engage in physical activity and also learn about the history of the area.

The Fayetteville Main Street/DDA partnered with the City of Fayetteville to complete the downtown sidewalk enhancements that included brick inlays, benches, street lights and trash receptacles along a major portion of the walking path. A colorful tri-fold flyer with trail map/directions was developed that will designate the route and highlight the historic points of interest.


Standing flyer boxes with card holders have been strategically placed along the path to hold the map. The City of Fayetteville Public Works Department have installed the flyer boxes every quarter mile along with mile marker posts made from recycled plastic lumber. While enjoying a walk, take time to also view the artwork on the posts done by students at Inman Park Elementary, Oak Grove Elementary, Flat Rock Middle and Fayette County High School.

The population of the City of Fayetteville is 15,000. All will have access to the ‘Wellness Walk.’ Approximately 200 adults and youth are currently using the downtown sidewalks with an estimated 10% increase after completion of the project. An average 200-pound person expends about 100 calories for every mile walked at a 20 minute-mile pace. Joggers burn about 135 calories per mile.

Also included in the tri-fold flyer is a table that estimates how many calories you will burn on the Wellness Walk. Fayetteville has transformed a public space into an opportunity for people of all ages to engage in regular physical activity to improve their health.

Decreased physical activity has been related to several disease conditions such as type 2 diabetes, cancer, stroke, hypertension, cardiovascular disease, and premature mortality, independent of obesity.