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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


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Contact
 

910-628-4564

lumber.river@ncparks.gov
 

Addresses
 

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
 

Hours
 

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  • 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
     

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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
     

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  • 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 dave.head@ncparks.gov.

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 »

 


Vision
 

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.