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Closures Due to Flooding (1/15/21)   

Due to flooding the following are closed until further notice.  Parks staff will reopen the following once water levels have dropped and it is safe to reopen.

Naked Landing Trail
Mill Hole Trail
Campsites PA 7 and PA 8

Please contact park office with any questions or concerns.

 Last updated on: Friday, January 15, 2021

Current status of park facilities   

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

The park office at Princess Ann access is open on weekdays, from 8 a.m. to 12 p.m. and from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the park office. The restrooms at the park office are closed.

The picnic shelter is closed. Wire Pasture access remains closed.

Campsites are open, including group campsites. Reservations must be made online or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 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




Future development

Master plan for Lumber River State Park


Public comment opportunity

July 28, 2020

The North Carolina Division of Parks and Recreation is pleased to share the final Lumber River State Park master plan (draft) for public review. The Division, in conjunction with their consultant, Sage Design – Landscape Architects, has completed the planning process for this master plan. The master plan is linked below for public input.

The planning process consisted of several site visits to the park; interviewing of stakeholders; three public input meetings held at Barbecue on the Bluff – Fair Bluff, Lumberton Farmers Market, Lumber River Days at Princess Ann Access, and Chalk Banks Challenge; and diligent data collection from local citizens and statewide. All this to make sure that the plan found the correct balance for future development of the park and protection of the natural resources that make Lumber River State Park special and unique.

Please review the master plan and share your thoughts with us. You can email Dave Head, Planning Program Manager, with any comments at

This plan will be open for public comment until Wednesday, August 12, 2020.

Thank you for your time and input on this important study.

Click here to see the Lumber River Master Plan, draft version for public comment, downloadable through Google Drive »



Lumber River State Park preserves and interprets 115 river miles designated by the state as a "Natural and Scenic River" from top to bottom over four counties. In addition, it is the only blackwater river in North Carolina to be designated as a National Wild and Scenic River by the Department of Interior.

This park provides a diversity of front and backcountry recreation adventure that is designed to be ecologically sensitive. The park is a regional leader in education and in celebration of the significance of the landscape and its cultural heritage.

Lumber River State Park offers a unique outdoor experience including paddling, camping, fishing, and exquisite scenery of a Coastal Plain blackwater river.


Goals of the planning process

  • Expand the park to further conserve important surrounding landscapes. This includes sensitive and priority habitats and lands that support the Division's goals: Conservation, Recreation and Education.
  • Connect the park to surrounding communities. Create a connection between the park and the surrounding coastal communities, both physically and through outreach and collaboration. Bring the community into the park by providing gathering spaces, event programming, and celebration of the local people and Lumbee Indian heritage.
  • Celebrate and preserve the natural, cultural, and river corridor resources. Habitat is conserved for the rare and endangered species. Cultural resources are conserved. Important river corridors are conserved as one of the most important assets of the park.
  • Improve the park user's experience through facilities. Increase the experience by providing contact facilities and restrooms that will provide expanded education and research opportunities, heritage learning, and interpretation, all contained in environmentally conscious facility design.
  • Increase recreation access and connectivity, and enhance the unique existing opportunities. Incorporate hiking trails and elevate unique recreation activities such as short- and long-distance paddle trails Provide overnight accommodation at paddle-in and family campgrounds at both Princess Ann and Chalk Banks for visitors.