Lumber River State Park
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Introduction

A gem in North Carolina, escape to relaxation in nature at Lumber River State Park. A must place to visit, this park includes 9,234-acres and 115 miles of waterways. Comprised of two access areas - Princess Ann and Chalk Banks - enjoy the magnificent views of the river woodland. The Princess Ann area overlooks Griffin’s Whirl, a unique reverse flow section of the black river, and is home to a 20-site campground. Located near the town of Wagram, the Chalk Banks access point provides an array of vegetation, fish, and wildlife to view and enjoy during your stay in the Sandhills area of North Carolina. The perfect place for fishing, angler’s will delight in catching black crappie and largemouth bass along the black water river from the riverbanks and or fishing pier. A must visit for groups, there are several picnic shelters to host your next family reunion and birthday party. Pause from the hassles of daily life as you relax and paddle your cares away on your kayak or canoe. Lumber River State Park even offers scheduled canoeing excursions. Along with short hiking trails and the calmness of nature, this area makes for a beautiful camping location. Fido is welcome, so make plans to bring your favorite pet along on this RV adventure. Take a break to the coastal area of the state and visit this beautiful state park!

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Transportation in Lumber River State Park

Driving

Head out east in your RV as you set out to camp at this popular state park in south-central North Carolina. A Coastal Plain state park, this area encompasses four North Carolina counties - Scotland, Robeson, Columbus and Hoke County with an estimated 9,234-acres to explore! There are two entrances to this beautiful state park - Princess Ann and Chalk Banks - in which you will find that Lumber River State Park easy to access and has something for everyone. If camping at the Chalk Banks, you will need to travel to Scotland County, just north of Wagram. The park is a short drive from Laurinburg and Orrum. You will find that this state park is a very scenic spot that is great for a quick stop over or an extended vacation.

Parking

When you arrive at the cozy Lumber State Park, make plans to check-in at the state park office. Pick up a map and meet the friendly and helpful staff that can answer any questions you have during your trip. An excellent overnight stop, you will find the road to the campsites easy to navigate and the campground able to accomodate campervans and rigs up to 75 feet.

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Campgrounds and parking in Lumber River State Park

Campsites in Lumber River State Park

Reservations camping

Chalk Bank Campground

Come and camp at one of North Carolina's great campgrounds. With 14 RV spots available, you'll find this area great for making memories. Each place provides a picnic table, grill, trash cans, lantern holders and a firepit with a grill. However, there are no hookups here. During that period, you will not have the ability to leave or enter the campground after closing time. If you find that you have an emergency after the park had closed, utilize the after-hours emergency number to open the gates.

Princess Ann Campground

You'll find that Lumber River State Park is the perfect getaway to peaceful nature in your RV. This camping loop offers 9 spots that are available for reservation. Each place provides a picnic table, grill, trash cans, lantern holders, and a fire pit with a grill - perfect for making a cozy campfire with s' mores. There is not a bathhouse within the campground, so plan to use your RV to take a shower unless you want to travel to the day-use side of the park. Lumber River State Park does close and lock the park gates at a specific time for the protection of its campers. During that period, you will not have the ability to leave or enter the campground after closing time. If you find that you have an emergency after the park had closed, utilize the after-hours emergency number to open the gates.

Lumberton / I-95 KOA

Lumberton/I-95 KOA is conveniently located where I-95 and I-74 meet, and caters to overnight campers, as well as those who want to sit back and relax for a few days. Large pull-through RV sites make it easy to pull in and chill out. Take a dip in the seasonal pool, or try a game of shuffleboard or outdoor checkers. Freshly brewed coffee will help you wake up and get back on the road! On-site amenities include restrooms with hot showers, laundry facilities, a Kamping Kitchen, full RV hookups, and Wi-Fi access. There’s even a dog park for your pup, and on-site fishing. C’mon home to the convenient Lumberton/I-95 KOA.

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Alternate camping

Seasonal activities in Lumber River State Park

In-Season

Fishing at Lumber River

Participate in a favorite camping activity as you cast your cares away out on Lumber River. Perfect for catching fish such as redbreast sunfish, black crappie, and catfish, you will find the entire river is open to fishing. With several access points along the river, you’ll find that this favorite American pastime is excellent from your canoe, fishing pier, or along the riverbanks. Before you cast your line, make sure that you have a valid North Carolina fishing license.

Hiking Griffin’s Bluff Trail

After you have set up your RV campsite, head out to a trail explores Griffin’s Bluff that is perfect for hikers of all levels. Quaint and peaceful, you’ll find yourself surrounded by the beauty of nature and not thinking about your to-do list at home on this .5-mile loop. Bring your camera to capture from the observation deck, Griffin’s Whirl in the river in which there is a unique reverse of water flow. As you travel the trail, see the different interpretive panels to discover more about Lumber River State Park.

Getting Out on Lumber River

Enjoy some quiet and relaxation and plan to bring your canoe or kayak for a beautiful paddle trip during your RV camping trip at Lumber River State Park. With nine access points among the many miles of Lumber River, explore the North Carolina’s only black water river during your next outdoor adventure. Be advised that this state park discourages swimming is allowed in the river. Pack your sunscreen and water shoes - your next adventure awaits.

Off-Season

Birding

Take a break from your motorhome’s camping site and travel the clear paths along the black waters of the Lumber River for some excellent wildlife viewing. A central place for many habitats for birding, you will see an abundance of such as the great blue heron, barred owls, wild turkey, sandpipers, and prothonotary warblers. Remember to grab your binoculars and a camera to capture the many varieties of birds that visit the expansive Lumber River, State Park!

Picnicking

Take a break from your day out in the sun by enjoying lunch along this gorgeous black river. A relaxing area, you will find that Lumber River State Park offers many spots for a great picnic. All tables are first-come, first-served, but if you are hosting a large group like a birthday party, there is a picnic shelter for visitors to use. Rent the shelter in advance by contacting the Lumber River State Park office.

Stargazing

After having a memorable day hiking and being out on the Lumber River, sit back and relax under the beautiful, starry North Carolina night sky during your next RV camping adventure. Grab your flashlight and blanket before you head outside your camper on a bright, crisp night. Set off from the beaten path this state park provides a great place to see the best light show that Mother Nature has to offer. Be in awe during this peaceful experience, and don’t forget your telescope!

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