Lumber River State Park

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Lumber River State Park

North Carolina

(910) 628-4564

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Overview

The Lumber River flows through the south-central portion of the 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 8,438 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.

Map of Lumber River (NC)

Latitude, Longitude: 34.389961, -79.002475

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Activities

  • 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--the only black-water river with this designation in North Carolina. Contact the park office for river conditions and suggested canoe trips.

  • Bicycling

    In all parks, bicycles are permitted only on those trails or other park areas specifically designated for their use.

  • Camping

    There is a total of 22 primitive 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 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.

  • Climbing

    Many rare plants live on thin soils and wet rocks, and are vulnerable to damage from climbing, trampling and scraping.

  • 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.

  • Historic Sites

    The Lumber River has a long history of economic significance for the towns that are located along its banks. Deriving its name from the extensive timber harvesting and transporting done in the late 1700s, the river is the primary reason why the towns along its banks were settled.

  • Horseback Riding

    Saddle up and attend one of the trail ride weekends, and ride for hours on over 2500 acres in the Lumber River State Park! Horseback riding is permitted at Lumber River Campground.

  • Off Highway Vehicles

    Motorized vehicles are permitted only in designated areas and not permitted on park trails.

  • 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.

  • Water Sports

    Fishing and boating are popular water sports.

Directions

Driving

The Lumber River State Park headquarters is located in Robeson County, 12 miles east of Fairmont off NC 130.

Travel on S.R. 2225 south to S.R. 2246 east. Continue two miles to the park entrance. From I-95, exit onto US 74 east and travel approximately 13 miles. Turn right onto S.R. 2225 south and travel to S.R. 2246 east. Continue east on S.R. 2246 two miles to the park entrance.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(910) 628-4564

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