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!!


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



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

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 27: Shells; April 17: Birds; May 22: Salamanders; June 26: Fish; July 24: Dragonflies; Aug. 28:Bees
3-6 yrs w/adult; Tues.; 10-11 am; 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; Wed., April 4; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
5-under yrs w/adult; Wed., May 23 and Tues., July 3; 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 5; 9 am-noon; Free

Furs and Feathers

A variety of specimens and other props will be used to compare mammals and birds and to teach about the species that are in the area.
All ages; Tues. May 15; 5-6 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., June 5; 9:30-11:30 am; Free


State Park Hiking Challenge Overnight Trip: Central Coast

Visit historic Fort Macon State Park and follow the nature trail to explore a variety of coastal ecosystems. After spending the night in Atlantic Beach, travel to Hammocks Beach State Park for the ferry ride to Bear Island. The three-mile-long island is an excellent place to stroll the beach looking for pristine shells. Transportation will be provided. Participant is responsible for lodging, meals, and ferry fee. Register by March 13 for special hotel rate, space is limited.  
8+ with participating adult; Sat., April 14-Sun., April 15; $15

State Park Hiking Challenge Overnight Trip: High Country

Travel to NC’s high country to visit Grandfather Mt., Elk Knob, Mt. Jefferson, New River, and Stone Mt. State Parks. Enjoy scenic vistas and miles of hiking moderate to strenuous terrain. Price includes transportation, 4 meals, and lodging. Individuals will have to pay the entrance fee to the Grandfather Mt. attraction. Registration deadline is May 14.
8+ with participating adult; Fri., June 15-Sun., June 17; single room: $255, double room: $165/person

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.
8+; $5
Sat., March 24; 1-4 pm
Tues., April 3; 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+; Wed.; April 18 and May 9; 5-7 pm; $5/session

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 12; 9-11 am; $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+; Sat., June 16; 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. Call for dates and times.
10+ w/participating adult; $15, $5 w/own boat
Fri., April 6; 11:30 am-1 pm
Sat., May 19; 2:30-4 pm
Fri., June 8; 6-7:30 pm
Fri., July 27; 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.
Location TBD: 12+ w/participating adult; Sat., July 7; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation; registration deadline July 5
Location TBD: 12+ w/participating adult; Sat., Aug. 11; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation; registration deadline Aug. 9

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. Bring money for an early lunch before heading out on the water. Register by May 4, space is limited.
12+ w/ a participating adult; Sat., May 19; 8:30 am-6 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 May 31, space is limited. 14+ w/participating adult; Sat., June 2; 8:30 am-5 pm; $35

Night Kayak 

Experience nature at night! Set out at sunset for a leisurely paddle under the moon and the stars. All equipment and transportation will be provided. Register by Aug. 23, space is limited.
12+ w/participating adult; Sat., Aug. 25; 7-10 pm; $20 or $5 w/own boat

Introduction to Pier Fishing

Want to learn about the fishing opportunities at our North Carolina fishing piers? Want to get hands-on instruction while trying your luck in the surf? Join the knowledgeable staff of FCPR and the NCWRC for this introductory class. This is a two-part program consisting of a 1.5 hr. classroom seminar held at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center 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. Register for the seminar online by visiting the Pechmann Center's website. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park. Space is limited.
Seminar: Tues., May 8; 6:30-8 pm; later date TBD
Fishing Trip: Tues., May 22 and Sat., Oct. 6; 7:30 am-6 pm
15+; $10/person for trip

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 July 13.
10+; Sat., July 21; 7 am-4 pm; $60/person



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 9; 8 am-noon; Free



Summer Adventures Camp

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 for residents. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant. 9-13 yrs; Mon.-Fri.; Session I: June 18-22 or Session II: July 16-20; 9 am-noon; resident fee: $40 + rock climbing fee; non-resident fee: $80 + rock climbing fee

Tiny Trailblazers 

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 for residents. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant.
5-8 yrs; 9 am-noon; resident fee: $30; non-resident fee: $60
Session I: Mon.-Wed.; July 9-11
Session II: Tues.-Thurs.; July 31-Aug. 2