Lumber River State Park »  Ecology
Chalk Banks Access Area is open again as of 2-26-15.
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Ice storm damage has been removed from Chalk Banks Access Area and all facilities there are fully open again for visitors to safely enter. Enjoy your visit.
Updated: 2015-02-28 17:18:00
Many new trees have fallen across the river from summer flood.
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Due to much rain during the early and middle part of last summer, which caused the ground to soften around the tree root systems, there are many newly fallen trees along the river. Also, the February 2014 ice storm has likely dropped new trees into the river along with a large amount of major branches that likely have broken off trees and fallen into the river. If you choose to paddle on sections that park staff have not removed trees from, be prepared to have to portage around or over many new trees across the river. The wider sections of the river, such as through Lumberton, and from the Boardman access at US 74 down to the SC state line, and beyond, are some of the better options to boat without having to deal with possibly many trees across the river channel. These are very nice sections to boat on with all of them being part of the NC Natural and Scenic River System and the National Wild & Scenic River System. These sections, along with the section at Chalk Banks from Turnpike Rd. to Hwy 401, have been cleared of trees by park staff. A new down tree or two is possible even on these recently cleared sections. All other sections will very likely have a significant amount of trees to have to portage.
Updated: 2014-08-19 10:53:33
Plant & Animal » Checklists
A rich diversity of plants is found in and along the Lumber River as it winds from the sandhills to the
coastal plain. Wildflowers including mountain laurel, wild azalea, swamp mallow, spider lily and native
wisteria can be seen from the river. Bald cypress, tulip poplar, river birch and water elm are found in
the swamp forest. Several rare plants, including sarvis holly and Carolina bogmint, grow along the
A canoe trip down the river, a quiet walk along the river's edge or an overnight camping trip in the park
provides unique opportunities to see the abundance of wildlife on the river. Look ahead of your canoe to
see a great blue heron, belted kingfisher or spotted sandpiper flying low over the dark water. Perhaps
you will catch a glimpse of a beaver or a river otter. Fall asleep to the sound of barred owls and wake
up to prothonotary warblers announcing a new day.