Whether you enjoy watching wildlife, fishing, or boating, you can rest assured knowing that Lumber River has you exactly what you need. Lumber River State Park encompasses more than 11,000 acres. Located right near the border of South Carolina, just a quick day-trip from the ocean, this park is the perfect place for nature lovers of all kinds to explore and enjoy a much-needed getaway.
The park itself is located in a forest surrounding the Lumber River. In days past, this river was economically significant, serving as a trade route during America's early history. Today, Lumber River lures outdoor adventurers from all across the Carolinas and makes for a serene spot to park your motorhome for a few days. No rig? No problem. Book an RV in Robeson County and you'll be on your way to Lumber River State Park in no time.
While the park mostly surrounds the river, there are still plenty of places where you can go hiking. This park features three trails for you to take, some of them being notably more intense than others. The Chalk Banks Trail, which is a three-mile loop, takes you along the edge of the river and into the wetlands where pine and hardwood forests meet. Another trail you'll want to look at is the Lumber River Track Trail, which is only half a mile long in total. This loop trail is perfect for people who just want to take things easy for a bit. It has interpretive panels and an observation deck where you can look at Griffin’s Whirl, a part of the river that has a reverse flow. And finally, there's the Princess Ann Trail, which is one and a half miles one way (or three miles in total). It takes you along the highest bank of the river.
If you're in the mood to go boating while you're camping near Lumber River State Park, then you're in luck. This area has many opportunities for boating. In fact, it's the only black-water river that's also a designated Wild and Scenic River in all of North Carolina. Because the water levels tend to fluctuate, you should be careful when planning your boating trips. If you have questions, you can always ask one of the park officials.
There are also plenty of opportunities to learn a little bit more about the wildlife of the park and the impact that the river had on the first settlers. The park hosts regularly scheduled programs designed to teach people all about the area's natural history. Anyone who enjoys learning might find that this is the perfect way to spend an afternoon on your Lumber River State Park camping trip.
Camping at Lumber River State Park
If you're planning to camp in an RV at Lumber River State Park, you'll be a little out of luck. While the campground contains 23 sites for tent campers, unfortunately, there aren't any RV sites here. You shouldn’t worry too much, though, as there's a privately owned campground near the park where you can pull in your camper rental.
There might be other RV parks located farther out from the park, but Lumber River Campground is going to be one of your closest options to consider. It also has several amenities to offer you and your family. Full hookups are available, or you can opt for a site with an electrical hookup only. There'ss also a dump station, propane-filling station, restrooms, grill areas, showers, and Wi-Fi for your convenience. If you're considering this campground, keep in mind that it's located about 14 miles away from the park.
Exploring the Area
While you're spending your time motorhome camping, you'll want to explore the local area. Some attractions are a little bit farther out than others, but more often than not, it will be well worth it to explore. For instance, across the state line, in the South Carolina town of Mullins, is where you'll find the South Carolina Tobacco Museum. Considering that tobacco played a fundamental role in this area of the country, any Southern history buff will appreciate learning about the industry's impact on the region.
Another area that history lovers will want to explore is the Battleship North Carolina in the city of Wilmington. It might be about 90 miles away from the park, but the trip is well worth it. Wilmington is also home to an array of family-friendly attractions, from theme parks and aquariums to botanical gardens and a historic downtown core.
Finally, animal lovers might enjoy being able to see alligators living in their own little alligator sanctuary at Alligator Adventure. Watch a live show or explore the area at your own pace and watch the alligators simply living their best lives. If you want to see some of the different species of alligators local to South Carolina, this is certainly the place to go.
Several small but well-equipped towns surround the park, which means that all of your provisioning needs will be taken care of. You'll also have a full selection of seafood and Southern cuisine to choose from when you rent a camper near Lumber River State Park.