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Paddle one of the country's Wild and Scenic rivers at Lumber River State Park
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


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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
     

 

 

 

History highlights

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.

Princess Ann, the bluff on which the park's current headquarters are located, was chartered in 1796 as the second town in Robeson County. It was also the first inland town established by settlers traveling up the Lumber River from South Carolina. Settlers established the town on the bluff because they knew it would not be flooded and because the area provided an excellent landing along the river. The town is preserved now only as the name of the road that leads to the river.

The 115-mile stretch of river that meanders through four North Carolina counties is divided into three sections: scenic, recreational and natural. The uppermost and narrowest part of the river, from State Road 1412 to Back Swamp, is designated as the scenic section because the land around the river is undeveloped. Accessible by only a few roads, this section provides the chance to experience the outdoors at its most natural state. The middle portion of the river from Back Swamp to Jacob Branch and a smaller area at the Fair Bluff city limits are classified as recreational areas. These areas allow recreational activities and offer scenic value. The river here is easily accessible by many roads. The section from Jacob Branch to the South Carolina border is classified as the natural segment of the river. This area is remote, generally accessible by trails.

The Lumber River is the only North Carolina black-water river to earn federal designation as a national wild and scenic river. The upper river was designated as North Carolina's first recreational water trail in 1978. In 1981, it was established as a national canoe trail, and the lower Lumber River was designated as a state canoe trail in 1984. The persistent interest of the Lumber River Basin Committee and other public interest groups contributed to the park's existence. In 1989, the General Assembly established the Lumber River as a natural and scenic river and also as a state park.