State Park on the Lumber River. A favorite for fishermen and naturalists, the Lumber River meanders through the area and is a popular way to enjoy the scenery. It has been designated a National Wild and Scenic River by the National Park Service.
On a national wild and scenic river, Lumber River State Park is all about eastern North Carolina paddling, fishing and exquisite scenery. The Princess Ann and Chalk Banks access areas anchor two ends of the riverine park, with tent-friendly campgrounds, group campsites, picnic grounds and short hiking trails at both. Possibilities for kayaking and canoeing are extraordinary, but require careful planning due to fluctuating water levels and hazards. There have been 24 possible float trips identified along this blackwater river, ranging from one hour to about half a day. Pier and riverbank fishing is available for black crappie, largemouth bass, catfish and panfish.
Lumber River State Park offers a variety of learning opportunities for all ages. Typically led by park rangers, these interpretive programs allow the public to gain perspective into what makes North Carolina state parks naturally wonderful. The park’s interpretive programs regularly include paddling and fishing excursions. Most of the events are free, though some require pre-registration. All give park visitors deeper insight into the natural world. Call the park office for more information: 910-628-4564
In addition to campsites, which can be reserved on the state park website, you can reserve the large Picnic Shelter at the park for large events and parties. The 12-table picnic shelter at the Princess Ann access accommodates up to 100 people. Nearby amenities include drinking water, restrooms, horseshoe pit, boat ramp, canoe/kayak landing, trails, playfield, fishing/observation deck. The shelter is handicap accessible. Unreserved picnic shelters are available free of charge on a first-come, first-served basis. However, the shelters are very popular, so reservations are strongly suggested. You can reserve this shelter at by calling the park or visiting the state park website.
Exit 13B from I-95, travel east on Hwy. 74 and look for signs. Open all year. Free admission. Primitive camping only-no hookups. Permits for camping are required. An official North Carolina Birding site.
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
Hours of Operation:
December - February: 7am-7pm March
and October: 7am-9pm May - September: 7am - 10pm November: 7am - 8pm Closed Christmas Day Call: 910-628-4564 Email Website