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 Fri. before the program to register, space is limited.
Dec. 14: Deer
3-6 yrs w/adult; Wed.; 10-11 am; Free

Meteor Shower Viewing

Learn about asteroids, meteorites and comets then head outside to view the Geminids, one of the most impressive meteor showers of the year. Bring a lawn chair or a blanket and dress for the weather. This program occurs after park operating hours, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Call to register.
All ages; Tues., Dec. 13; 7-9 pm; Free

Winter Hike

It may be chilly outside but don’t let that keep you from getting out and going for a walk. Bundle up and go on an interpretive hike to explore the park this winter. Bring binoculars to view birds and learn about a variety of evergreen plants that bring color to the forest even in winter. Call to register.
All ages; Wed.; Jan. 11 or Feb. 15; 4-5 pm; Free

Stars and Constellations

Winter nights are the premier time to view the night sky. Learn about our constellations and other celestial objects and the folklore behind them. Bring telescopes and binoculars if you have them. This program occurs after park operating hours, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Dress for the weather. Call to register.
All ages; Fri., Jan. 27; 7-9 pm; Free

The Man in the Moon

Learn the origin, history and legends of our satellite, the Moon. We will observe the surface of the moon with binoculars and telescopes. Feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it. This program occurs after park operating hours, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Dress for the weather. Call to register.
All ages; Mon., Feb. 10; 6-8 pm; Free

Bird Walk

Take a walk around Lake Rim Park to see which of our feathered friends are flitting about as we count birds for the Great Backyard Bird Count. Bring binoculars if you have them. Meet at the park office. Call to register.
8+; Mon., Feb. 20; 10-11 am; Free



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., Nov. 5; noon-3 pm

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
Wed., Nov. 23; 2:30-4 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.

State Park Hiking Challenge

Our mission will be to hike all the state parks in North Carolina. New destinations will be planned each month. 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 dates, times, and prices.