Lake Rim Park

2214 Tar Kiln Drive, (910) 433-1018
Park Hours: March-Oct. 7 am-9 pm; Nov.-Feb. 7 am-5 pm
Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm


parks and rec photos-26Whether you want to take a stroll on the one-mile border trail through the wetlands to Bones Creek, play a game of soccer with friends, or have a family picnic, Lake Rim Park offers something for everyone. An assortment of outdoor amenities, including picnic areas, horseshoe pits, walking trails, tennis courts, sand volleyball courts, athletic fields, natural areas, a Native American themed garden, and children’s playgrounds are here for you to enjoy. All facilities are open to the public on a first come, first serve basis unless they are reserved. To find out how you can reserve a picnic shelter or athletic field for your special event contact the park office. Well-behaved, furry family members are welcome to enjoy a walk around the park too, but they must be on a leash and under your control at all times. THANK YOU FOR CLEANING UP AFTER YOUR PETS!!

All programs will meet at the Gillis Information Center unless otherwise noted. You must pre-register for all programs. Register early; space is limited in most classes. If enrollment is low the class will be cancelled. Please contact the park office if you would like to receive a copy of our monthly newsletter with updated program information or follow us on Facebook at


Educational Group Field Trips

Are you looking for an interesting field trip for your school, church, civic or scout group? A variety of ranger-guided environmental and local history programs can be taught at Lake Rim Park. Popular subjects include: animal adaptations, beaver ecology, plants, tree identification, rocks and minerals, fossils, insects, the naval stores industry, and Native American cultures or choose from the programs offered below. Nature hikes and custom programs are available and programs can be correlated to DOD and North Carolina’s Essential Standards for Science. Picnic shelters can be reserved for lunch. Programs are offered by appointment only, call to schedule. Group size limited to 80 participants. Free

Outreach Programs

A ranger can come to your location and lead a nature program for your class on a variety of topics. Reservation in advance required, please call for more information. $25/program in county; fee waived for Cumberland County Public Schools, Fort Bragg Schools and affiliates; $50/program out of county within 25 miles



Fishing Tackle Loaner Program

Try your hand at fishing without buying the equipment. This program allows you to borrow a rod and reel for 24 hours and provides a great opportunity for the whole family to get outside. A driver’s license or ID is required to register. Participants must follow state fishing license requirements.
All ages; Mon.-Fri.; 8 am-5 pm; Free

Lake Rim Park Scavenger Hunt

Pick up a self-guided scavenger hunt worksheet from the office to take along with you as you explore the park. They are free and fun for families, groups, or individuals.
All ages; Mon.-Fri.; 8 am-5 pm; Free 

Nature Sprouts

Preschoolers will have a chance to discover nature while making new friends. A new topic will be explored each session through stories, crafts, and activities. Call by the Mon. before the program to register, space is limited.
March 8: Toads; April 12: Eggs; May 17: Turtles; June 7: Raccoons; July 19: Bugs and Ughs; Aug. 16: Beaver
3-6 yrs w/adult; Wed.; 10-11 am; Free

St. Patrick’s Day Story Walk

Dress in your favorite green outfit and listen to some folklore and history about St. Patrick’s Day. Search the trail for hidden “treasures” in the woods. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Fri., March 17; 4-5:30 pm; Free 

Introduction to Backpacking

Ever dreamed of hiking the Appalachian Trail or just doing some wilderness camping but don’t know how to prepare? Come learn the basics of what you will need to get started on the trail. Possibilities for upcoming trips will also be discussed. Meet at the Civil Works shelter. Call to register.
10+; Mon., March 20; 6-7 pm; Free

Spring Wildflower Walk

On this guided hike, a park ranger will identify the spring wildflowers that are in bloom along the border trail. Call to register.
All ages; Thurs., March 23; 5-6 pm; Free

Dinosaurs in the Dirt

After a brief introduction to dinosaurs, children will venture to the volleyball court to dig for “dinosaur bones” and play in our “giant sand box.” Shovels, buckets, and, of course, dinosaurs will be provided for children to play with. Groups can set-up an appointment for a private program. Call to register, space is limited.
5-under yrs w/adult; Tues.; April 18, June 6, and July 18; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
6-12 yrs; Tues., May 23; 9:30-11:30 am; Free

Fishing Basics

Come learn the basics of fishing at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center next door to Lake Rim Park. A park ranger will discuss fish identification and ecology before you try your luck on the ponds stocked with catfish and bream. Fishing poles and worms will be provided. Catch and release only, no fishing license required. Call to register, space is limited.
8+, 15-under yrs must be accompanied by an adult; Thurs., April 20; 9 am-noon; Free

Tar Kiln Tour

Take a behind-the-scenes look at a historical treasure located at Lake Rim Park. Join a park ranger to view the remnants of the Weed’s Lightwood Plant, a century-old turpentine factory. Learn about the importance of the naval stores industry in NC and find out why we are really known as “The Tar Heel State.” Call to register.
5+; Tues., May 16; 3:30-5 pm; Free

Castles in the Sand

Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Then bring your preschooler to Lake Rim Park to try their hand at making sandcastles. Shovels, pails, sand castle molds, water and plenty of sand will be provided as we turn the volleyball court into a beach. Look for seashells, dig a hole or make a fort under the shade of a tent. Bring a chair and watch the children have fun in this unstructured play date. Call to register, space is limited.
5-under yrs w/adult; Tues., Aug. 15; 9:30-11:30 am; Free


State Park Hiking Challenge

Our mission will be to hike all the state parks in North Carolina. New destinations will be planned throughout the year. Some park visits will be day trips and some will require overnight stays. Transportation will be provided. Expect at least 3 miles hiking ranging from moderate to strenuous. Call for additional dates, times, and prices.

Ancient Mountains of the Triad

Explore the state parks of NC’s northern foothills, home of the ancient Sauratown Mountains. Visit waterfalls at Hanging Rock, enjoy the view from Pilot Mountain, spend the night at Haw River, and take a stroll through Mayo River on this Hiking Challenge excursion. Price includes transportation, lodging and three meals. Registration deadline is May 1, space is limited.
8+ with participating adult; Sat., May 20-Sun., May 21; $104/person for double occupancy room or $128/person for single occupancy

Basic Archery Clinic

The archery class is designed to introduce the sport of archery to beginners. Participants will use compound bows as they learn the basics of archery. Safety, proper stance and follow through will be taught. You will be hitting the bull’s eye in no time! Adults welcome too. Register early because space is limited.
8+; $5
Sat., March 18; noon-3 pm
Sat., May 6; 9 am-noon

Archery Shoot

Already taken the basic class and looking to practice your technique? A variety of games and targets will be available for some guided target practice. Equipment provided. Call to register, space is limited.
8+; Thurs.; April 6, May 4 and June 1; 5:30-7:30; $5/session

Youth Archery

This is an introductory class for younger archers. The basic safety rules, proper use of a bow and arrow, and correct shooting techniques will be taught. Target practice and archery games make the class fun as they develop their skills. Parent or guardian must stay and supervise. Register early because space is limited.
5-7 yrs; Fri.; April 21 and Aug. 18; 9-11 am; $5

Senior Archery Clinic

This is a basic class for beginning senior archers. Participants will use compound bows as they learn the basics of archery. Safety, proper stance and follow through will be taught and archers will develop their skills through target practice and archery games. Register early because space is limited. 
55+; Tues., June 13; 9 am-noon; $5

Archery Challenge Course

Have a little fun with archery as you test your skills shooting a variety of targets, playing archery games, and taking on archery challenges. Participants will also get an introduction to field archery and 3-D archery. Some experience is helpful but not required. Register early, space is limited.
8+; Wed., June 28; 9 am-noon; $5

Lake Rim Kayak Tours

Lake tours are perfect for those trying kayaking for the first time and seasoned paddlers looking to relax on the water. All the equipment and basic instruction for beginners will be provided. We recommend beginners participate in a lake tour before going on a kayak trip. Tours are dependent on the weather. Register by the day before the tour, space is limited.
10+ w/participating adult; $15, $5 w/own boat
Fri., April 21; 5:30-7 pm
Sat., May 20; 12:30-2 pm
Fri., June 16; 6-7:30 pm
Fri., July 14; 6-7:30 pm
Fri., Aug. 18; 6-7:30 pm

Kayak Trips

Explore the many scenic waterbodies in our area from the piedmont to the coast. All equipment will be provided. We recommend beginners participate in a lake tour before going on a kayak trip to practice kayaking skills. Have your own boat? Some trips are offered at a discounted price for those providing their own boat and transportation. Trips are dependent on the weather. Space is limited. Call for dates, times and prices.

Rice Creek: Explore this laid back black water river in Brunswick County

Transportation and all equipment provided. No experience necessary. A limited number of double kayaks are available upon request. Registration deadline is April 24, space is limited.
12+ with participating adult; Sat., May 6; 8 am-6 pm; $50 or $20 w/ own boat and transportation

Night Paddle

Experience nature at night! Set out on Jordan Lake after sunset for a leisurely paddle under the moon and the stars. We will have time for a picnic before we head out so pack your dinner. Single kayaks and a few canoes for doubles are available.
12+ w/participating adult; Sat., April 8; 4:15-11 pm; $35 or $25 w/own boat

Introduction to Surfing

Ever wanted to try surfing? Then this class is for you. Everything will be provided including transportation to the beach, board rental, and lessons from trained instructors. Space is limited and you must pre-register by June 30th.
10+; Sat., July 8; 9 am-5 pm; $60/person

Whitewater Rafting Trip

Raft section III of the Wild and Scenic Chattooga River, the filming location of the movie Deliverance. Explore outdoor attractions in Georgia and South Carolina on Saturday before heading down the river on Sunday to tackle the mostly class II/III rapids. Price covers transportation, rafting and lunch on Sun. Participant is responsible for the cost of lodging and all other meals. Registration deadline is July 11, space is limited.
10+ with participating adult; Sat., Aug. 12-Sun., Aug 13; $125/person plus cost of lodging


Youth Fishing Day

Families with kids 16 years old and younger are invited to the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center to try their hand at fishing. Please bring your own poles and bait (no minnows). This is catch and release only. Register on-site the day of the program. Call 910-868-5003 for more information.
16-under yrs; Sat., June 10; 9 am-1 pm; Free