Activities

Lumberton and its people extend to you a hearty, North Carolina welcome with all the Southern Hospitality we can muster. Situated in Southeastern North Carolina on Interstate 95, Lumberton is known as the halfway point between New York and Florida.

Lumber River State Park

2819 Princess Ann Rd, Orrum, NC (910) 628-4564 or (910) 628-5643

The Lumber River flows through the south-central portion of our state. The river's headwaters are in Montgomery, Moore, Richmond and Scotland counties where the waterway is known as Drowning Creek. The creek becomes a river at SR 1412/1203 along the Scotland-Hoke county line, and its waters flow into South Carolina, eventually joining the Little Pee Dee River.

Lumber River State Park contains 9,234 acres of land and 115 miles of state natural and scenic waters, 81 miles of which are also designated national wild and scenic waters. The park's recreation activities are currently centered at two access areas, Princess Ann and Chalk Banks. Princess Ann overlooks a unique reverse flow area named Griffin's Whirl. At the access, a bend in the river opens to a long, straight vista that beckons paddlers to take a ride. Chalk Banks, near the town of Wagram on the upper end of the river, has an interesting mixture of plants, fish, and animals from the sandhills and coastal plains regions.

Note: Due to the fluctuating water level of the Lumber River, canoeists and boaters should exercise caution in planning trips on the river. Add extra time for crossing exposed hazards and sandbars. All float times should include additional time to reach take-out points.

Boating: A ramp at the park offers a unique opportunity to enjoy a leisurely small boat or canoe trip on one of the country's few wild and scenic rivers´┐Żthe only black-water river with this designation in North Carolina. Contact the park office for river conditions and suggested canoe trips. Below is a listing of distances along the Lumber River.

Note: Due to the fluctuating water level of the Lumber River, canoeists and boaters should exercise caution in planning trips on the river. Add extra time for crossing exposed hazards and sandbars. All float times should include additional time to reach take-out points.

  • U.S. 15-501 to S.R. 1412, 9.4 miles, 4.5 hours
  • SR 1412 to Chalk Banks, 6.0 miles, 3 hours
  • Chalk Banks to U.S. 401, 1.8 miles, 1 hour
  • U.S. 401 to SR 1404, 2.4 miles, 1.0 hours
  • SR 1404 to SR 1310/1433, 7.4 miles, 3.0 hours
  • SR 1310/1433 to N.C. 71, 5.5 miles, 3.0 hours
  • N.C. 71 to SR 1303, 3.2 miles, 2.0 hours
  • SR 1303 to SR 1153/1339, 3.0 miles, 2.0 hours
  • SR 1153/1339 to SR 1354, 6.4 miles, 4.5 hours
  • SR 1354 to N.C. 710-711, 3.0 miles, 2.5 hours
  • N.C. 710-711 to SR 1554, 5.1 miles, 3.0 hours
  • SR 1554 to SR 1003, 3.0 miles, 2.5 hours
  • SR 1003 to SR 1550, 5.5 miles, 3.5 hours
  • SR 1550 to N.C. 72, 8.9 miles, 5.0 hours
  • N.C. 72 to McMillan's Beach, 2.6 miles, 2.0 hours
  • McMillan's Beach to Stephens Park, 1.4 miles, 1.0 hours
  • Stephens Park to Noir Street Playground, 1.9 miles, 1.0 hours
  • Noir Street Playground to N.C. 72, 2.3 miles, 1.0 hours
  • N.C. 72 to SR 2123, 9.5 miles, 5.0 hours
  • N.C. 2123 to SR 2121, 3.9 miles, 2.0 hours
  • SR 2121 to U.S. 74, 8.1 miles, 4.0 hours
  • Boardman / U.S. 74 to Princess Ann, 9.4 miles, 4.0 hours
  • Princess Ann to N.C. 904, 11.7 miles, 5.0 hours
  • N.C. 904 to NC/SC Border, 3.9 miles, hours not classified

Camping:

Primitive camping: The is a total of 22 campsites, eight at Princess Ann and fourteen at Chalk Banks. One site at each access area is designated handicapped accessable. A maximum of six people are allowed per site. Each site has a table, grill, lantern holder, trash can and fire pit. All fires must be contained in the pit. Permits for camping are required.

Group campsites: Group campsites are available by reservation for verifiable, affiliated groups only. The maximum number of persons allowed per site is 20. Each site includes two tables, a grill, lantern holder, trash can and fire pit. All fires must be contained in the pit. Checkout time is noon.

Education and Events: Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lumber River State Park. Click the Events link on the menu to the left to search our database of park events. To arrange a special exploration of Lumber River State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Fishing: Fish from a boat or along the riverbank. Black crappie, red breast, largemouth bass and catfish are abundant. Anglers must have a state fishing license and obey all regulations of the NC Wildlife Resources Commission.

Hiking: Hikers enjoy the park's nature trail system. Princess Ann has 1.5 miles of trails. Chalk Banks Trail, a 1.5-mile loop, meanders along the river's edge, by a wetlands habitat, and a mixed pine and hardwoods forest.

Begin near the picnic shelter and enjoy a peaceful walk along the highest bank of the Lumber River. The trail features a 100-foot boardwalk across a wet area. A fishing pier and turn-of-the-century millpond are adjacent to the trail.

Picnicking: Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Lumber River in a picnic area. For large gatherings, a picnic shelter can hold approximately 100 people and is available for reservations. Some picnic sites are accessible for persons with disabilities. All sites are available on a first-come basis.

Lumber River NC

Designated a National Natural and Scenic River. From 200 year-old cypress trees to 2 million year-old sea shells, from blue herons to beavers, the Lumber River is a winding wonder. A beautiful black water river. Lumberton has a few camping sites available through the Lumberton Parks and Recreation. Call 910-618-3869.

Riverwalk

West 5th St. Lumberton NC

Riverwalk can be entered from Luther Britt Park or from Downtown Lumberton. The walk is approximately 1.5 miles from beginning to end or 3 mile round trip. Includes areas that overlook the river. Wonderful for bird watching.

Riverway Adventure and Education Center

600 Kingsdale Blvd Lumberton NC 28358
910-739-7851

River Way is a 4-acre adventure and education center on the banks of the Lumber River in Lumberton. It provides educational and adventure experiences for youth and adults from throughout the region,state and nation. Can take a 2, 4, 6 or 8 hour guided river tour. Fee applies and is based on length of tour. Or rent your own canoe or kayak. River Way has indoor and outdoor meeting space, offers educational field trips and has a fenced camping area. All activities at River Way are secured through reservations. Evening and weekend phone number is 910-736-5573. River Way is owned and operated by the Center for Community Action.

Britt Park

West 5th St., Lumberton, NC 910-671-3869

Swimming, boating, fishing. Admission price for swimming is $2.00 per person.Swimming available on Wed.-Sat 11-6 and Sun. 1-6. No swimming on Monday and Tuesday. The Riverwalk begins here. Picnic area. Check with Lumberton Parks and Recreation to rent building and shelter for reunions, birthdays, etc. Home to annual Chevy to the Levee 5K run and family fun day. Can also play disc golf here.John Jacobs is the manager for Luther Britt Park and can be reached at 827-1000.

Jerry Giles Park

Corner of WalnutSt and Roberts Ave. Lumberton NC

Children's playground, picnic area, adjacent to Cinema 4 movie theater. From I-95 take exit 20 and travel east on Hwy. 211 (Roberts Ave.) to Walnut St.

Lumberton Bowling Center

2205 Godwin Avenue Lumberton NC 28358
910-739-4499

Club and recreational bowling. Grill inside. Kids bowl for only 99 cents per game Mon.-Fri. 9am-6pm all summer long. Church groups welcome. 24 synthetic bowling lanes, Billiard Room with (4) 9 ft. Gandy Tables,
Full Service Snack Bar with the Best Burgers around! Game Room with all the latest and greatest! Full - Service Pro Shop.

Mr. P's Skateworld

3495 Fayetteville Rd., Lumberton NC 910-608-3550

Roller skating and parties are available.

Batting Cages

4555 Fayetteville Rd., Lumberton NC 910-738-6208

Open 9:00 am to 9:00 pm Monday thru Friday and 9 am to 6 pm on Saturday. Bucket of balls $5.00. 65-70 balls. Bring your own helmet or use one of ours. Located inside Rogers Screen Printing and Sporting Goods.

 

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