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
Whether 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!!
Park Guide Map
CLICK HERE to download a PDF of the Lake Rim Park Guide Map.
Lake Rim Park Trail Mileage Map
Lake Rim Park is home to a number of scenic walking trails exploring the different areas of the park. Distances for each segment of the trail can be found HERE.
EDUCATOR AND GROUP SERVICES
Educational Group Field TripsAre 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 ProgramsA 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
PROGRAMS AND AMENITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES
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 www.facebook.com/fcprnature.
The Enchanted Wood Outdoor Learning Environment (OLE)
Come play with nature! Lake Rim Park has a new outdoor play space just behind the upper playground that encourages kids to interact with the natural world. Studies have shown that playing in nature is an important part of a child’s healthy development: mentally, physically, and spiritually. So come “Imagine, Play, Create, and Discover”!
All ages; Free
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
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.
Adults and kids ages 8+; Fri., Feb. 15; 4-5 pm; Free
Creating with Nature
Nature provides a bounty of materials that can be used for artistic purposes. Different materials and methods
will be used each month to create your own masterpiece.
All ages; Thurs.; Feb. 21: Painted Rocks 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, please arrive promptly at 6 pm so staff can let you in the gate. Dress for the weather. Call to register.
All ages; Fri., Feb. 22; 6-8 pm; Free
Playdates with Nature
Adults, think back to your childhood. Many of us have fond memories of playing outdoors digging holes, catching frogs, or making forts. Bring your kids out to the park so they too can experience nature-based play. Different tools, toys, and props will be available to help facilitate play. In addition to having fun your child will benefit both emotionally and physically. Call to register.
10-under yrs; Wed.; Feb. 13, March 13, April 10, May 1 and June 5; 3-4:30 pm; Free
St Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Search
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by following clues along the trail that will lead you to the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Bring your letterbox journal if you have one to collect stamps as you search for the prize. Call to register.
All ages; Mon., March 18; 3-5 pm; Free
Follow the nature trail to look for the missing pages from a book and piece together the story. This is a fun way for children to enjoy a story and the park at the same time! Call to register, space is limited.
6-under yrs; Wed., March 27; 2-3 pm; Free
Tar Kiln Tour and Demonstration
Learn about the importance of the naval stores industry in NC and find out why we are really known as “The Tar Heel State”. After viewing the remnants of the Weed’s Lightwood Plant, a century-old turpentine factory, join in on a tar processing demonstration. Call to register.
15+; Wed., April 3; 2-4 pm; Free
Exploring Animals That Lay Eggs
Birds aren’t the only ones that lay eggs. Find out what other animals are egg layers and discuss how their eggs differ. Afterwards search the park for a few hidden eggs. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Thurs., April 11; 5-6:30 pm; Free
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; Wed., April 24; 1-4 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.
5-12 yrs w/adult; Thurs., April 25; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
5-under yrs w/adult; Fri., July 5; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
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 Wed. before the program to register, space is limited.
3-6 yrs w/adult; 10-11 am; Free
April 26: Frogs; May 24: Squirrels; June 14: Bats; July 26: Butterflies; Aug. 30: Spiders
Enjoy a windy spring day by making your own kite and letting it set sail. Materials will be provided as well as assistance in construction. Getting it into the air is up to you. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Tues., May 7; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
Pond Life for Homeschoolers
Explore the waters of Lake Rim to see what plants and animals live in and around freshwater ponds. Program will meet at the Civil Works Pavilion. Wear shoes you don’t mind getting a little muddy. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Tues., May 14; 2-3 pm; Free
Mold it, shape it, create something useful, or just get your hands dirty. Join us for a clay day at Lake Rim Park to see what you can fashion out of this moldable, malleable substance. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Thurs., May 16; 3:30-4:30 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; Wed., May 22; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
Stories in the Wood
Gather around the stump circle in the Enchanted Wood for storytelling fun. Listen to stories, create your own, and bring them to life through play. Call to register, space is limited.
10-under yrs w/adult; Thurs; May 30, June 20, July 18, and Aug 15; 9:30-10:30 am; Free
Cooking with Fire
A campfire building demonstration will be followed by hands-on instruction cooking meals that can be prepared using a fire or grill while camping. Ingredients will be provided. Register by June 17, space is limited.
8+ w/adult; Thurs., June 20; 4:30-6 pm; $5/person
Fun with Bubbles
Experiment with different mixtures to find out what makes the best bubbles. Compete to see who makes the biggest bubble and the longest lasting bubble. Call to register.
All ages; Tues., July 9; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
Bring a flashlight and join a park ranger to explore the night life of the woods and wetland areas of Lake Rim Park. Watch for nocturnal animals like snakes, opossums, raccoons, frogs, insects, and even fish.
All ages; Fri. Aug. 9; 8:30- 10 pm; Free
Summer Butterfly Walk
Over 170 species of butterflies have been found in NC ranging from the showy swallowtails to the tiny blues. Grab a net and hit the trail with a park ranger to see what species can be found in the park. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Wed., Aug. 14; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
For a fun way to explore the park, go on an Alphabet Hike with your little ones. Children will enjoy the fun of a scavenger hunt as they search for the letters of the alphabet on this guided hike. Each letter is a clue to something that is found in the park. Groups can set-up an appointment for a private hike. Call to register, space is limited.
2-5 yrs w/adult; Wed., Aug. 21; 9:30-10:30 am; Free
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 miles hiking ranging from moderate to strenuous. Transportation is provided. Locations are subject to change. Call to register, space is limited. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
8+; Sat.; March 16: Medoc Mountain; 8 am-6 pm; $5
State Park Hiking Challenge Overnight Trip: Southern Mountains
Discover the scenic vistas and temperate rainforest of the Southern Blue Ridge Escarpment. Waterfalls and rare species are abundant in this region where the mountains meet the piedmont. Tackle the rugged terrain of Gorges State Park, take in the sights from atop Chimney Rock, and hike around the towering cliffs of Crowders Mt. State Park. Transportation will be provided. Participant is responsible for lodging, meals, and Chimney Rock entrance fee. Register by March 5 for special hotel rate, space is limited. Children under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
10+ with participating adult; Fri., April 5-Sun., April 7; $30
Basic Archery Clinic
This 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.
Sat., March 30; 1-4 pm
Tues., April 23; 9 am-noon
Youth Archery Clinic
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; Wed., May 29; 10 am-noon; $5
Archery Challenge Course
8+; Sat., June 29; 9 am-noon; $5
Lake Rim Kayak Tours
10+ w/participating adult; $15, $5 w/own boat
Fri., March 29; 5:30-7 pm
Fri., April 26; 5:30-7 pm
Fri., May 31; 6-7:30 pm
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. Register early, space is limited
Salt Marsh Kayak Trip
Paddle the coastal salt marsh habitat of the lower Lockwoods Folly River by kayak. Transportation, equipment, and instruction will be provided. Register by March 30, space is limited.
12+ w/ a participating adult; Sat., April 13; 10 am-8 pm; $50 or $20 w/ own boat and transportation
Whitewater of the Cape Fear Kayak Trip
The Cape Fear River may look calm and slow around Fayetteville but between Lillington and Erwin the river is characterized by rocks and islands that create exciting class I and II rapids. Several long stretches of flat water do leave time to enjoy the scenery of this beautiful stretch of the river. Trip is dependent on water conditions. Some experience preferred. Register by June 6, space is limited.
14+ w/participating adult; Sat., June 8; 8:30 am-5 pm; $35
12+ w/participating adult; Sat., July 6 and Aug. 24; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation
Surf Fishing Workshop
Ever wanted to try surf fishing but didn’t know where to start? Or have you tried to surf fish but haven’t had much success? Join the knowledgeable staff and volunteer instructors of the Pechmann Fishing Education Center along with the rangers of FCPR for this introductory class. This is a two-part program consisting of a 2 hour classroom seminar followed by an optional field trip to a beach. Topics include: common fish of the Carolina surf, identifying good fishing spots, tides, choosing the right fishing gear, bait, lures, rigs and more. You must attend the seminar to be eligible for the fishing trip. Register for the seminar online by clicking here. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park. Space is limited.
Seminar: Fri., April 5; 6:30-8:30 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., June 22; 7:30 am-6 pm
15+; $10/person for trip
Whitewater Rafting Trip 2019
Travel to West Virginia to raft “The Grand Canyon of the East”, the Lower New River. Explore outdoor attractions and do some hiking on Saturday before tackling the mostly class III-IV rapids of the Lower New River on Sunday. Price covers transportation, rafting, bunkhouse style lodging and 2 meals on Sunday. For an additional fee, 2 safari tents are available for those seeking more privacy. Registration deadline is May 10, space is limited.
12+; Sat., June 15-Sun., June 16; $150/person
This is your chance to enjoy a favorite wintertime activity even if we don’t get snow. Safe, realistic “snowballs” will be provided.
All ages welcome; Mon., Feb. 18; 2 pm; Free
Youth Fishing Day
Families with kids 15 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.
15-under yrs; Sat., June 8; 8 am-noon; Free
Summer Adventures Week
Campers will develop outdoor adventure skills like kayaking, fishing, archery and rock climbing. Your child will learn about nature and explore the environment while having fun and building confidence. Space is limited. Registration begins April 1. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant.
9-13 yrs; Mon.-Fri.; Session I: June 24-28 or Session II: July 29-Aug. 2; 9 am-noon; $40 + rock climbing fee
Dinosaurs are the main theme of this camp. Campers will discover dinosaurs through activities like story time, games, crafts, and fossil digs. Space is limited. Registration begins April 1. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant.
5-8 yrs; Tues., June 4-Thurs., June 6; 9 am-noon; $30