Lake Rim Park
Lake Rim Park
2214 Tar Kiln Drive [ map ]
Park Hours: Mar.-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 Bone 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, a Native American themed garden, 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 mustbe on a leash and under your control at all times. THANK YOU FOR CLEANING UP AFTER YOUR PETS!!
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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.
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
Curious about nature? Increase your knowledge about a wide array of subjects during these ranger-led talks. Kids 12 and under who attend 4 or more different naturalist programs at any park will receive a “Junior Naturalist” award. Call to register.
March 26: Insects; April 23: Wildflowers; May 28: Birds; June 25: Snakes; July 23: Butterflies and Moths; Aug. 27: Reptiles and Amphibians
All ages; 4th Thurs. of each month; 3:30-4:30 pm; 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 Fri. before the program to register, space is limited.
March 10: Eggs; April 14: Bugs; May 12: Toads; June 9: Snails; July 21: Spiders; Aug 11: Raccoons
3-6 yrs w/adult; Tues.; 10-11 am; 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 by the day before the program, space is limited.
3-5 yrs with an adult; Mon.; April 6 and Aug. 17; 10-11 am; 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 by the day before the program, space is limited.
5-under yrs with an adult; Wed.; May 6 and Aug. 5; Fri.; June 5; 9-11 am; Free
Castles in the Sand
Can’t make it to the beach this summer? Then bring your preschooler to Lake Rim Park to try their hand at making sandcastles. Shovels, pails, sand castle molds, water and plenty of sand will be provided as we turn our volleyball court into a beach. Look for seashells, dig a hole or make a fort under the shade of a tent. Bring a chair and watch the children have fun in this unstructured play date. Call to register by day before the program, space is limited.
5-under yrs with an adult; Wed., July 8; 9-11 am; Free
The archery class is designed to introduce the sport of archery to beginners. Participants will use state of the art compound bows as they learn the basics of archery. Safety, proper stance and follow through will be taught. You will be hitting the bull’s eye in no time! Adults welcome too. Register early because space is limited. Call for dates and times.
Archery Challenge Course
Have a little fun with archery as you test your skills shooting a variety of targets, playing archery games, and taking on archery challenges. Participants will also get an introduction to field archery and 3-D archery. Some experience is helpful but not required. Register early, space is limited. Call for dates and times.
Come learn the basics of fishing at the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center next door to Lake Rim Park. A park ranger will discuss fish identification and ecology before you try your luck on the ponds stocked with catfishand bream. Fishing poles and worms will be provided. Catch and release only, no fishing license required. Space is limited. Call to register by day before the class.
8+, 15-under yrs must be accompanied by an adult; Wed., April 8; 9 am-noon; Free
Lake Rim Kayak Tours
Lake tours are perfect for those trying kayaking for the first time and seasoned paddlers looking to relax on the water. All the equipment and basic instruction for beginners will be provided. We recommend beginners participate in a lake tour before going on a kayak trip. Register by the day before the tour, space is limited. Call for dates and times.
10+ with a participating adult; $15, $5 w/own boat
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. Space is limited. Call for dates, times and prices.
12+ with a participating adult
Easter Egg Hunt
Kids bring a basket and have fun as you look for hidden Easter eggs while keeping your eye out for the “lucky egg.” Special prizes will be awarded for different categories and all participants will leave with treats. Registration required by March 26, space is limited.
Sat., March 28; 5-under yrs: 1 pm; 6-8 yrs: 2 pm; 9-12 yrs: 3 pm; $1 paid day of hunt
Youth Fishing Day
Families with kids 16 years old and younger are invited to the John E. Pechmann Fishing Education Center to try their hand at fishing. Please bring your own poles and bait (no minnows). This is catch and release only. Register on-site the day of the program. Call 910-868-5003 for more information.
16-under yrs; Sat., June 6; 8 am-noon; Free