Designated as a National Wild and Scenic River, North Carolina's Lumber River runs for 133 miles in the state's southern region. The state park that shares the same name covers more than 11,000 acres along a 115-mile river stretch, offering easy river access, great fishing, a pet-friendly campground, and more.
As you'd expect, much of the activity in Lumber River State Park takes place on or near the river itself. The park boasts easy river access, giving kayakers and canoeists the chance to explore a wide range of paddling opportunities. Twenty-four possible float trips have also been identified along this blackwater river, while keen anglers will find black crappie, redbreast, largemouth bass, and catfish in abundance.
When you're not exploring this magnificent waterway, you might like to sit down for a relaxing riverfront picnic, or take a hike on one of the park's three hiking trails. These range from half a mile to three miles in length, and all offer different views of the river and surrounding terrain.
If you want to stay the night, Lumber River State Park boasts 23 primitive campsites, nine at the Princess Ann Access Area and the other 14 at Chalk Banks. Each site has a table, fire pit with a grill, lantern holder and trash can. While there's no fee to enter the park, camping permits are required. Please also note that the park only offers primitive camping, so if you enjoy the finer things in life, then this may not be the ideal destination for you.
If staying with your pet, make sure you stay in pet-friendly areas of the park and keep your pet on a leash of eight feet or shorter at all times. As always, clean up after your pet whenever required.
There's no shortage of things to see and do in Lumber River State Park, and your dog will love the opportunity to spend some quality time with you in the great outdoors. Make sure you check out this beautiful park if you ever get the chance.