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
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; Fri., July 5; 9:30-11:30 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
June 14: Bats; July 26: Butterflies; Aug. 30: Spiders
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; June 20, July 18, and Aug 15; 9:30-10:30 am; Free
Cooking with Fire
A campfire building demonstration will be followed by hands-on instruction cooking meals that can be prepared using a fire or grill while camping. Ingredients will be provided. Register by June 17, space is limited.
8+ w/adult; Thurs., June 20; 4:30-6 pm; $5/person
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.
All ages; Tues., July 9; 3:30-4:30 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
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
Archery Challenge Course
8+; Sat., June 29; 9 am-noon; $5
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.
12+; Sat., July 6 and Aug. 24; 8 am-5 pm; $35 or $5 w/own boat and transportation
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 have attended the seminar to be eligible for the fishing trip. Register for the trip through Lake Rim Park. Space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
Fishing Trip: Sat., June 22; 7:30 am-6 pm
15+; $10/person for trip
Whitewater Rafting Trip 2019
Travel to West Virginia to raft “The Grand Canyon of the East”, the Lower New River. Explore outdoor attractions and do some hiking on Saturday before tackling the mostly class III-IV rapids of the Lower New River on Sunday. Price covers transportation, rafting, bunkhouse style lodging and 2 meals on Sunday. For an additional fee, 2 safari tents are available for those seeking more privacy. Registration deadline is May 10, space is limited. Participants under 18 must be accompanied by a participating adult.
12+; Sat., June 15-Sun., June 16; $150/person
Summer Adventures Week
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. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant.
9-13 yrs; Mon.-Fri.; Session I: June 24-28 or Session II: July 29-Aug. 2; 9 am-noon; $40 + rock climbing fee
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. This camp is partially funded by the Cumberland Community Foundation, Inc. Summertime Kids Grant.
5-8 yrs; Tues., June 4-Thurs., June 6; 9 am-noon; $30