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Lumber River State Park

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Columbus, Hoke, Robeson, and Scotland Counties



Canvasback Drake
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Bladenboro, Chadbourn, Evergreen, Fair Bluff, Maxton, Pembroke, SE Lumberton, SW Lumberton, Wagram, Wakulla

Bladenboro, Chadbourn, Evergreen, Fair Bluff, Maxton, Pembroke, SE Lumberton, SW Lumberton, Wagram, Wakulla

Topographical maps are available by contacting:
NC Geographical Survey.
1612 Mail Service Center
Raleigh, NC 27699-1612.
(919) 715.9718

Hiking / Small Boats / Boat Ramp / Camping / Picnicking / Restrooms / Parking

Lumber River State Park
P.O. Box 10
Orrum, NC 28369
(910) 628-9844

From its headwaters at the confluence of Drowning Creek and Buffalo Creek in Scotland County, this blackwater river flows freely for 115 miles through the Sandhills region of North Carolina and crosses into South Carolina where it joins the Little Pee Dee River.

This National Wild and Scenic River and its floodplain contain many high quality natural communities, including cypress-gum swamp and levee forest, as well as unusual upland communities, such as longleaf pine ridges. The extensive swamp forests along the Lumber River provide excellent habitat for river otter, waterfowl, and migratory songbirds. The river itself is home to American alligator and several species of fish, including the Cape Fear chub.

Lumber River State Park is best visited by canoe or small boat. The river holds many twists and turns and has lots of feeder streams to explore. Be sure to bring some maps along with your canoe and check with the park office for current river conditions.

In 1989, the State of North Carolina designated the Lumber a State Natural and Scenic River. In 1998, the U.S. Department of the Interior designated 81 miles of the Lumber River as a state and locally managed component of the National Wild and Scenic River System. The Lumber is the fourth river in North Carolina to receive this national designation and the only blackwater river with this status. The Nature Conservancy has worked with the Lumber River Conservancy and the N.C. Division of Parks and Recreation to acquire land for Lumber River State Park.

The park office is located 12 miles east of Fairmont off NC 130 to SR 2225 on SR 2246. There are numerous road crossings and access points to the river. If you are interested in canoeing from the head of the river, Turnpike Road (SR 1412) crosses the river in Scotland County. There is also a Wildlife Commission landing at the NC 72 crossing south of Lumberton, and bridges on US 74 or NC 904 farther downstream. The state park has a landing at Princess Ann, between the US 74 and NC 904 bridges. Follow SR 2225 south of Orrum to SR 2246 to reach the landing.

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