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!!
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.
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
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
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.
Sept. 6: Snakes; Oct. 11: Nocturnal Animals; Nov. 15: Seeds; Dec. 13: Otters
3-6 yrs w/adult; Wed.; 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; Wed., Sept. 20; 9:30-11:30 am; Free
Does your child like playing in the sand? Come out to the park on the 4th Tuesday of each month (Wed. in Dec.) for a sandbox playdate on the volleyball court. Toys, buckets, shovels, and molds will be provided but feel free to bring your own. This is an unguided program, parents must stay to supervise.
8-under yrs; Tues.; Sept. 26, Oct. 24, Nov. 28, Dec. 27, Jan. 23 and Feb. 27; 10 am-2 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.
3-5 yrs w/adult; Wed., Sept. 27; 10-11 am; 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.
5+; Thurs., Oct. 12; 3:30-5:30 pm; Free
Creating with Nature
Nature provides a bounty of materials that can be used for artistic purposes. Create a masterpiece using natural dyes from plants, paint some rocks to decorate your garden, make a leaf collage, and twist vines into a wreath.
Nov. 16: Leaf Art; Dec. 21: Wreaths; Jan. 18: Natural dyes; Feb. 22: Rock Painting
All ages; Thurs.; 4-5 pm; Free
Meteor Shower Viewing
Learn 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, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Call to register.
All ages; Tues., Dec. 12; 7-9 pm; Free
The Man in the Moon
Learn the origin, history and legends of our satellite, the Moon. We will observe the surface of the moon with binoculars and telescopes. Feel free to bring your own equipment if you have it. This program occurs after park operating hours, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Dress for the weather. Call to register.
All ages; Tues., Jan. 30; 6-8 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, if the gate is closed please wait and staff will let you in. Dress for the weather. Call to register.
All ages; Fri., Feb. 16; 7-9 pm; Free
Winter Bud Hike
Spring is just around the corner so come see which plants are ready to burst for the new growing season.
All ages; Thurs., Feb. 15; 3:30-4:30 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.
8+; Mon., Feb. 19; 10-11 am; Free
Basic Archery Clinic
The archery 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, space is limited.
Sun., Sept. 17; 9 am-noon
Sat., Nov. 4; 1-4 pm
8+; Thurs.; Sept. 28 and Oct. 26; 4:15-6:15 pm; $5/session
Senior Archery Clinic
This is a basic class for beginning senior archers. Participants will use compound bows as they learn the basics of archery. Safety, proper stance and follow through will be taught and archers will develop their skills through target practice and archery games. Register early because space is limited.
55+; Sat., Oct. 14; 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.
10+ w/participating adult; Sat., Sept. 2 or Sun., Oct. 8; 10-11:30 am; $15, $5 w/own boat
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.
12+ w/participating adult; Sat., Nov 4; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation
Teen Outdoor Experiences
Join other teens ages 14-17 yrs to explore the outdoors and try new experiences. Call the Lake Rim Park office for more details. The first outing will be a kayak tour.
Teen Lake Rim Kayak Tour: Wed., Sept. 27; 4-5:30 pm; $15
Fall Letterbox Hike
Learn about letterboxing as you walk the trail with a park ranger collecting different stamps. Call to register, space is limited
All ages; Oct. 19; 4-5 pm; Free
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 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 clicking this link: Pechmann Fishing Education Center Events. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park. Space is limited.
Seminar: Fri., Sept. 1 or Oct. 20; 6:30-8 pm
Fishing Trip: Sat., Oct. 28; 7:30 am-6 pm
15+; $10/person for trip
State Park Hiking Challenge Overnight Trip: Central Mountains
Hike the highest peak east of the Mississippi, enjoy stunning vistas, and view the fall colors. This trip will include visits to Mt. Mitchell, Lake James, South Mountains, and Lake Norman State Parks. Price includes transportation, 2 nights lodging, and some meals. Register by Sept. 8, space is limited.
8+ with participating adult; Fri., Sept. 29-Sun., Oct. 1; $150/person for double occupancy room or $240/person for single occupancy
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 4-5 miles of hiking ranging from moderate to strenuous. Transportation is provided. Locations are subject to change. Call to register, space is limited.
Nov. 18: Jordan Lake; Dec. 9: Raven Rock; Jan. 6: Jones Lake; Feb. 10: Cliffs of the Neuse; March 10: Lake Waccamaw and Lumber River
8+; Sat.; 8 am-6 pm; $5
Christmas Orienteering Day
After a quick tutorial on how to navigate, grab a compass and put your skills to the test. Maps with scavenger hunts and distances will be handed out along with a loaner compass. There will be Christmas prizes and letterbox stamps to collect along the way. Call to register, space is limited..
All ages; Fri., Dec. 22; 8 am-4 pm; Free
The expo features hands-on exhibits that encourage kids to learn about their natural environments while teaching them about the important roles that hunting and fishing play in North Carolina’s fish and wildlife conservation. Activities include fishing, kayaking, and archery. Live animals on display include reptiles, amphibians, and birds of prey. Event is held at the NC Wildlife Commission’s John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center next door to Lake Rim Park. Registration is on site during the event.
All ages; Sat., Sept. 23; 9 am-2 pm; Free