Harnett County is one of the fastest growing counties in North Carolina with approximately 130,000 residents. Harnett's tagline of "Strong Roots, New Growth," describes a county in transition, one that values its rural agricultural heritage while also embracing new growth and industry. Harnett County is optimally located just between North Carolina's capital city of Raleigh and the internationally recognized Research Triangle Park to the north, and the nation's largest military installation in Fort Bragg to the south. The county is also centrally located in North Carolina and is within close proximity to the Great Smoky Mountains and Blue Ridge Parkway, and to the numerous Atlantic Ocean beaches and the Outer Banks. Harnett County also possesses abundant natural resources including nearly 6,000 acres of park land and 26 miles of hiking and walking trails. Harnett is home to Raven Rock State Park and some of the best white water rapids in the region along the Cape Fear River.