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!!
CLICK HERE to view the "Call of the Wild," our most recent Nature & Outdoor Programming Newsletter
For more information about the new Lake Rim Aquatics Center and summer swim programs visit the aquatics page.
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
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
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
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, space is limited.
10-under yrs; Thurs.; March 5; 3-4:30 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, space is limited.
Adults and children ages 8+; Mon., Feb. 17; 9:30-11 am; 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. 21; 6-8 pm; Free
Snake Science Series
Learn about snakes through crafts, experiments, and up close encounters. A different topic will be explored each month. Call to register.
March 12: Snake Senses; April 9: Defense; May 7: Finding Food
All ages; Thurs.; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
Puzzle Egg Hunt
Oh no, the park’s puzzle pieces got hidden in Easter Eggs! Help find all the eggs and then put the puzzle together to receive a reward. Space is limited, call to register.
6-under yrs; Thurs., April 2; 10:30-11:30 am; Free
6-12 yrs; Thurs., April 2; 4:30-5:30 pm; 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.
April 3: Eggs; May 1: Birds; June 5: Turtles; July 10: Dragonflies; Aug. 7: Beaver
3-6 yrs w/adult; Fri.; 10-11 am; Free
Teddy Bear Picnic
Grab a blanket, your favorite stuffed animal, and lunch then head to the Enchanted Wood OLE for a picnic. Stories will be read during lunch followed by a craft. Call to register, space is limited.
10-under yrs; Fri., April 17; 11-12:30 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 28 and May 12; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
Spiderweb Food Chain Orienteering
Do you know how to use a compass? Through this interactive program you will learn some basic orienteering skills while discovering how animals in our woods are connected with each other. Call to register, space is limited
All ages; Thurs., April 30; 4:30-5:30 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; Tues., May 19; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
Exciting for all ages, field games such as Ultimate Frisbee, capture the flag, and whiffle ball will bring out the inner child in any adult and be a great experience for children. Call to register.
Ages 8+; Thurs., May 28; 3-5 pm; Free
Butterflies in Your Backyard
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; Thurs., June 4; 1-2 pm; Free
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, space is limited.
All ages; Thurs., July 16; 2-3 pm; Free
State Park Hiking Overnight Trip: Singletary Lake
Singletary Lake is the last park left to visit! Come celebrate the accomplishment of visiting all 41 sites, reminisce about your favorite hikes, and plan future trips while exploring this Carolina bay. There will be opportunities for hiking, kayaking, hanging out by the campfire, and just communing with nature. Lodging will be in dormitory style cabins. Transportation and meals provided. Don’t want to stay the night? Drive yourself and return to Fayetteville after the festivities. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adults and ages 10+; Sat., March 14-Sun., March 15; $25
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 21; 1-4 pm
Wed., April 15; 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; Sat., May 23; 10 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. Participants under 16 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fri., March 27; 5:30-7 pm
Fri., April 24; 5:30-7 pm
Fri., May 22; 6-7:30 pm
10+ w/participating adult; $15, $5 w/own boat
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 early, space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Ages 14+ w/participating adult; Sat., May. 2; 8 am-5 pm; $35
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. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Locations TBD
Ages 12+ w/participating adult; Sat., June 27, July 25, or Aug. 22; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation; registration deadline June 25/July 23/Aug. 20
Introduction to Pier Fishing
This two-part program hosted by the NCWRC’s Pechmann Fishing Education Center and the rangers of FCPR consists of a 1.5 hr. classroom seminar followed by a field trip to a coastal pier. Topics include the bait, tackle and techniques needed to catch a variety of fish from the pier. You must attend the seminar to be eligible for the fishing trip. Participants who attended a past seminar are already eligible. Register for the seminar online by clicking here. New participants can register for the trip through Lake Rim Park starting March 13 at the seminar (cash only). Registration for previous participants will begin April 13. Space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Seminar: Fri., March. 13; 6:30-8 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., April 25; 7:30 am-6 pm
Adults and children ages 12+; $10/person for trip
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 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. Participants who attended a past seminar are already eligible. Register for the seminar online by clicking here. New participants can register for the trip through Lake Rim Park at the seminar (cash only). Registration for previous participants will begin 2 weeks before the trip. Space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Seminar: Thurs., April 2 or Fri., July 17; 6:30-8:30 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat.; April 18 or Aug. 29; 7:30 am-6 pm
Adults and children ages 12+; $10/person for trip
St Patrick’s Day Pot of Gold Search
Celebrate St. Patrick’s Day by hunting for hidden prizes along the trails. A mixture of letterboxing and orienteering will lead you on your search for the leprechaun’s pot of gold. Call to register.
All ages; Mon., March 16; 4-6 pm; Free
I Spy Easter Challenge
Search the park for the pine cone Easter bunny and friends anytime you visit the park April 4 through 12 and capture them in a picture. Then drop by during office hours, Mon.-Fri. 8 am-5 pm, the week of April 13 to receive a special treat for your sleuthing. Clues to their locations will be posted on Facebook and in the park office throughout the week.
All ages; Sat., April 4-Sun., April 12; Free
Summer Has Split
Come out to the park for a banana split party to celebrate the end of summer.
All ages; Fri., Aug. 21; 2:30-4:30 pm; $1
Summer Adventures Week
Participants 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: July 13-17 or Session II: Aug. 10-14; 9 am-noon; $50
Dinosaurs are the main theme of this program. Participants 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 23-Thurs., June 25; 9 am-noon; $30