The park is a great place for a hike! See the Trails page for more information.
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. 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
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.
Enjoy the relaxing atmosphere of the Lumber River in a picnic area. Some picnic sites are accessible for persons with disabilities. All picnic table sites are available on a first-come first-served basis. For large gatherings, a picnic shelter can hold approximately 100 people and is available for reservations.
Lumber River State Park
Princess Ann Access
December - February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, and October: 7am - 9pm
May - September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day
Chalk Banks Access
December - February: 8am - 6pm
March, April, and October: 8am - 8pm
May - September: 8am - 9pm
November: 8am - 7pm
Closed Christmas Day
Currently open Thursday - Sunday, weekly
Park Office Hours
8am - noon, 1pm - 5pm, Monday-Friday.
Closed state holidays