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Effective March 27, 2020: FCPR playgrounds, outdoor basketball courts and the skate park are closed to the public to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Parks and trails remain open. Use caution and practice social distancing.

Effective March 25, 2020: FCPR facilities are closed to public access. FCPR will conduct business over the phone and online. General Information: 910-433-1547; Email: parksrecinfo@ci.fay.nc.us; Website: www.fcpr.us. FCPR has postponed all department organized programs, activities, athletics, special events and rentals through April 30. FCPR will not take any additional shelter or room reservations until after May 31. FCPR staff will contact and work with affected individuals and groups to reschedule or refund at a later date. As conditions change, the status of these postponements and closures will be re-evaluated.

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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

 


GENERAL INFORMATION

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!!

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 MAPS

Park Guide MapLake Rim Park 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 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:Clark Park 1 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


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

In a cooperative and supportive effort and effective immediately, Fayetteville-Cumberland Parks & Recreation has postponed all department organized programs, activities, athletics, special events and rentals through April 30. FCPR staff will contact and work with affected individuals and groups to reschedule or refund at a later date. As conditions change, the status of these postponements will be re-evaluated.

Cancelled programs/events have been removed.
Programs with an asterisk (*) have been postponed.

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 

Snake Science Series

Learn about snakes through crafts, experiments, and up close encounters. A different topic will be explored each month. Call to register.
May 7: Finding Food
All ages; Thurs.; 3:30-4:30 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 Wed. before the program to register, space is limited.
May 1: Birds; June 5: Turtles; July 10: Dragonflies; Aug. 7: Beaver
3-6 yrs w/adult; Fri.; 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-under yrs w/adult; Tues.; May 12; 9:30-11:30 am; Free

Clay Play

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

Field Games

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


OUTDOOR RECREATION

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. 
8+; Date TBD; $5

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., 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.
14+ w/participating adult; Sat., May. 2; 8 am-5 pm; $35

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. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult. Locations TBD
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., Sept. 11; 6:30-8 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., Oct. 3; 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: Fri., July 17; 6:30-8:30 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., Aug. 29; 7:30 am-6 pm
Adults and children ages 12+; $10/person for trip 



SPECIAL EVENTS

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 PROGRAMS 

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

Tiny Trailblazers

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


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EDUCATOR AND GROUP SERVICES

 

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

 


PROGRAMS AND AMENITIES FOR INDIVIDUALS AND FAMILIES