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Camping at Lumber River State Park

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Basic Overview

Lumber River State Park is a North Carolina state park along the Lumber River, which meanders through the coastal plain region of the state. Recognized as a National Wild and Scenic River, it offers a serene setting known for its diverse plant and animal life, rich cultural history, and a variety of recreational activities.


The park is spread across several counties, including Scotland, Hoke, Robeson, and Columbus. Its main access point is located near the town of Orrum.

Camping Options

There are different types of camping facilities available at Lumber River State Park:

  • Primitive Camping: Several primitive campsites are available on a first-come, first-served basis. These sites typically include a fire pit and a picnic table but do not have hookups, running water, or bathroom facilities.

  • Canoe-in Camping: The park also offers campsites that are accessible by canoeing down the river. These sites are also primitive and spaced out along the river to provide a secluded experience.

  • Group Camping: There are designated areas for group camping, catering to larger gatherings such as scout troops or family reunions. These sites may include additional space and amenities, but it's best to check specifics with the park.


For certain camping areas, especially group sites, reservations may be required. It's advisable to check the state park's website or contact the park office in advance to secure your spot and understand the conditions and fees associated with camping.


Depending on your activities, you may need permits. If you camp in the canoe-in sites or use the park for certain activities, such as organized events, you may be required to obtain a permit beforehand.


Lumber River State Park provides basic amenities such as:

  • Pit toilets at some camping areas
  • Picnic shelters
  • Grills and fire rings
  • Boat launches for canoeing and kayaking


  • Paddling: The river is well-known for its excellent opportunities for canoeing and kayaking. Paddlers can enjoy the scenic views and wildlife spotting.

  • Fishing: The Lumber River is home to a variety of fish species, making it a popular spot for anglers. A state fishing license is required.

  • Hiking: There are hiking trails available for those who want to explore the park on foot.

  • Wildlife Observation and Photography: The park's diverse ecosystems offer excellent chances for bird watching and wildlife photography.

Park Regulations

It's important to respect the park's rules to preserve the natural environment and ensure safety:

  • No alcohol is allowed within the park.
  • Fires are permitted only in designated areas and fire rings.
  • All trash and belongings must be packed out or disposed of in designated receptacles.
  • Pets are welcome but must be kept on a leash.
  • Follow all fishing and boating regulations in compliance with North Carolina state laws.

Safety Considerations

  • Water Safety: When engaging in water activities, always wear a life jacket and be aware of changing weather conditions and water levels.

  • Wildlife: Keep a safe distance from wildlife, and do not feed or attempt to touch animals.

  • Leave No Trace: Campers and visitors should follow Leave No Trace principles to minimize their impact on the environment.

For the latest information on camping at Lumber River State Park, visiting the North Carolina State Parks official website or contacting the park directly is recommended, as conditions, regulations, and available facilities may change.

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