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Campground Closure (Chalk Banks and Princess Ann) due to Tropical Storm Isaias   

Due to potentially damaging winds and flash flooding from Tropical Storm Isaias, the campgrounds at the Chalk Banks Access Area and Princess Ann Access Area will be closed Monday, August 3, 2020 and Tuesday, August 4, 2020.  Closures may be extended if unsafe conditions exist. Please contact the park or visit the park's website for the latest updates and closures.

 Last updated on: Sunday, August 2, 2020

Status of park facilities as of May 22   

As of May 22, campsites are open at Lumber River State Park, with the exception of group campsites. Reservations must be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Trails, boat ramps, and restrooms are open. Operating hours are 8:00am to 8:00pm until further notice.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Friday, May 22, 2020

Map of North Carolina




Princess Ann access
and park office

2819 Princess Ann Road
Orrum, NC 28369

GPS: 34.390023, -79.00222


Chalk Banks access

26040 Raeford Road
Wagram, NC 28396

GPS: 34.898889, -79.354889



  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • May to September:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


Now open 7 days a week

  • December to February:
    8:00am to 6:00pm
  • March to April:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • May to September:
    8:00am to 9:00pm
  • October:
    8:00am to 8:00pm
  • November:
    8:00am to 7:00pm
  • Closed Christmas Day


  • Monday to Friday:
    8:00am to 12:00pm
    1:00pm to 5:00pm
  • Closed state holidays




Things to do


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.