Most people come to this linear state park along the Lumber River for the paddling. The Lumber is one of the few designated wild and scenic rivers in North Carolina and the only such black-water river. The state park provides access along a 100-mile stretch of the Lumber, an area roughly bookended by the Chalks Bank Access to the west and Princess Ann Access to the east.

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Getting there from downtown Wilmington

photo courtesy N.C. Division of Parks & Recreation
Address: 2819 Princess Ann Road
City: Orrum
State: N.C.
Zip: 28369
Distance: 1 hour and 20 minutes from downtown
Latitude: 34.3900
Longitude: 79.0022
No. of campsites: 22
No. with hookups: None
No. without hookups: None
Primitive sites: 22 (14 at Chalk Banks Access, 8 at Princess Ann Access)
Reservations? Yes. 877.722.6762
Cost: $13
Year-round? Yes.
Gate hours: Open daily at 8 a.m., closes at 6 p.m. November-February; 8 p.m. March, April, September and October; 9 p.m. May-August.
Stuff to do nearby: Fishing, hiking, paddling