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
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
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
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; Aug 15; 9:30-10:30 am; 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
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
Aug. 30: Spiders
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.; Sept. 5, Oct. 3, Nov. 7, Dec. 5, Jan. 9, Feb. 6, and March 5; 3-4:30 pm; Free
Use your imagination, discarded old clothes, hats, gloves, and any other accessories you’ll need to make your scarecrow unforgettable! We will provide the scarecrow frame (limited number available) and some decorating supplies. Register by Sept. 17. Limit one per family.
All ages; Thurs., Sept. 19; 5-6:30; $10/family
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; Wed., Sept. 25; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
Fall Leaf Sun Print Hike
Go on a hike to search for colorful fall leaves while learning why they change colors. Afterwards create a sun print with some of your favorite leaves. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Wed., Nov. 13; 4:00-5:00; Free
Clay PotteryMold it, shape it, create something useful, or just get your hands dirty. Join us for clay play at the park to see what you can fashion out of this moldable, malleable substance. Call to register, space is limited.
All ages; Thurs., Nov. 21; 3:30-4:30 pm; Free
Meteor Shower ViewingLearn 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, please arrive promptly at 8 pm so staff can let you in the gate. Call to register.
All ages; Fri., Dec. 13; 8-10 pm; Free
The Man in the MoonLearn the origin, history and legends of our satellite, the Moon, while observing its surface with binoculars and telescopes. Feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it. This program occurs after park operating hours, please arrive promptly at 7 pm so staff can let you in the gate. Dress for the weather. Call to register. All ages; Fri., Jan. 10; 7-9 pm; Free
Winter Evergreen HikeExplore the woods around the park to discover the trees and other plants that stay green during the winter. Find out the ways people have used these plants and other benefits they have. Call to register, space is limited.All ages; Wed., Jan. 15; 4:15-5:15 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
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. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adults and children ages 10+; $15, $5 w/own boat
Sat., Aug. 10; 9-10:30 am
Sun., Sept. 8; 9:30-11 am
Fri., Oct. 4; 5:30-7 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. Locations TBD. Register early, space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adults and children ages 12+; Sat., Aug. 24 and Nov. 9; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation
8+; Sat., Sept. 14 or Oct. 12; 9 am-noon; $5
5-7 yrs; Sat., Nov. 23; 1-3 pm; $5
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. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park starting Sept. 3. Space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Seminar: Fri., Aug. 16 or Tues., Sept. 17; 6:30-8 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., Sept. 21; 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 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. Participants who attended a past seminar are already eligible. Register for the seminar online by clicking here. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park starting Oct. 1. Space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Seminar: Fri., Oct. 4; 6:30-8:30 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., Oct. 19; 7:30 am-6 pm
Adults and children ages 12+; $10/person for trip
Paddle along a remote lake after the sun goes down for a spooky night on the water. Become lost in the eerie essence of being on the water in total darkness and catch a fright from stories told on the water. Children 15 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adults and children ages 13+; Fri., Oct. 18; 6:30-9:30 pm; $20/person
Kerr Lake Camp/Hike/Kayak
New to tent camping or just want to get out of the city for the weekend? Join the FCPR park rangers for a fun filled weekend at Kerr Lake State Recreation Area. In addition to camping there will be opportunities for hiking, kayaking and just relaxing in nature. Don’t want to stay in a tent? Drive yourself, join in the daytime activities, and stay in a local hotel (you must make your own reservations). Register by Oct. 11, space is limited. An additional informational meeting will be held prior to the trip for participants, date TBD. Children 17 and under must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Adults and children ages 10+; Sat., Oct. 26-Sun. Oct. 27; $25 per tent plus $10 per person
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.
Nov. 23: Falls Lake-Glimpse the reflections of fall leaves in the 12,000 acre Falls Lake as you hike along its shore on the Mountains-to-Sea State Trail.
Dec. 7: Jordan Lake-Traverse the forested hills around Jordan Lake while keeping an eye on the sky to try and catch a glimpse of a bald eagle.
Jan. 11: Eno River/Occoneechee Mt.-Hike along the scenic Eno River and around Occoneechee Mountain to explore a variety of flora and fauna, some which are rare, and maybe even discover a piece of history.
Feb. 8: Pilot Mt.-Experience the scenic vistas, towering cliffs, and rocky ledges at Pilot Mt. State Park. Expect some moderately strenuous rocky trails.
Adults and children ages 8+; Sat.; 8 am-6 pm; $5
Letterbox Halloween Treasure Hunt
Grab a map from the park office, get instructions from a park ranger and follow the clues around the park to find different Halloween stamps. When you find all the stamps come back inside for a prize. Call to register.
All ages; Mon., Oct. 21; come anytime between 11 am-4 pm; Free
Christmas Scavenger Hunt
Use a map and compass to traverse through the park in search of the lost Christmas presents. Once you have completed the course, celebrate the holiday by making your own Christmas themed crafts. Call to register.
All ages; Mon., Dec. 23; 2-4:30 pm; Free
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; Mon., Jan. 6; 3 pm; Free