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, 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.
Dec. 13: Otters
3-6 yrs w/adult; Wed.; 10-11 am; Free

Sandbox Tuesdays

Does your child like playing in the sand? Come out to the park on the 4th Tuesday of each month (Wed. in Dec.) for a sandbox playdate on the volleyball court. Toys, buckets, shovels, and molds will be provided but feel free to bring your own. This is an unguided program, parents must stay to supervise. 
8-under yrs; Tues.; Nov. 28, Dec. 27, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27; 10 am-2 pm; Free

Creating with Nature

Nature provides a bounty of materials that can be used for artistic purposes. Create a masterpiece using natural dyes from plants, paint some rocks to decorate your garden, make a leaf collage, and twist vines into a wreath.
Dec. 21: Wreaths; Jan. 18: Natural dyes; Feb. 22: Rock Painting
All ages; Thurs.; 4-5 pm; 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. 12; 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; Tues., Jan. 30; 6-8 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., Feb. 16; 7-9 pm; Free

Winter Bud Hike

Spring is just around the corner so come see which plants are ready to burst for the new growing season.
All ages; Thurs., Feb. 15; 3:30-4:30 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. 19; 10-11 am; Free 


Teen Outdoor Experiences

Join other teens ages 14-17 yrs to explore the outdoors and try new experiences. Call the Lake Rim Park office for more details.

State Park Hiking Challenge Day Trips

Our mission is to hike all the state parks in North Carolina. New destinations will be planned each month. Expect at least 4-5 miles of hiking ranging from moderate to strenuous. Transportation is provided. Locations are subject to change. Call to register, space is limited. 
Dec. 9: Raven Rock; Jan. 6: Jones Lake; Feb. 10: Cliffs of the Neuse; March 10: Lake Waccamaw and Lumber River
8+; Sat.; 8 am-6 pm; $5

Christmas Orienteering Day

After a quick tutorial on how to navigate, grab a compass and put your skills to the test. Maps with scavenger hunts and distances will be handed out along with a loaner compass. There will be Christmas prizes and letterbox stamps to collect along the way. Call to register, space is limited.. 
All ages; Fri., Dec. 22; 8 am-4 pm; Free