Lumberton is a city in the southeastern region of North Carolina. It is easily accessible from Interstate 95, which runs along the east coast of the U.S. Established in the 1700s, around the same time as the drafting of the U.S. Constitution, the city incorporated in the 1800s. Its location on the Lumber River provides easy access to outdoor recreational activities. Local sports, cultural and educational attractions round out the city's activities.
The Lumber River State Park (ncparks.gov) is the area's primary location for recreational activities that range from hiking, fishing and birding to primitive camping. The park features 22 campsites, a boat ramp and picnic facilities. Campsites require reservations. Britt Park (no website; West Fifth Street, Lumberton North Carolina; 910-671-3869) provides swimming, fishing and boating opportunities. This park is at the beginning of the area's Riverwalk, which runs alongside the Lumber River and through the Lumber State Park.
Lumberton's Recreation Station (explorationkids.com) provides exploratory learning opportunities for children and adults. It offers youth programs that include crafts, career exploration and foreign languages. Adult programs include personal finance and parenting workshops. The University of North Carolina at Pemberton is the home of the Native American Resource Center (uncp.edu), a museum and learning center. Although the center's exhibits and programs include all Native Americans, it focuses on the Lumbee tribe, whose members have historically lived throughout the area around Lumberton. The center publishes a newsletter and conducts scholarly research on Native American culture.
The city's 18-hole Cliffwood Golf Club (no website; Highway 41, 3811 Martin Luther King Drive, Lumberton, North Carolina; 910-738-9400) has a driving range, Bermuda putting greens and a clubhouse. Lumberton also has a disc golf association (ldga.org) that promotes an alternative form of golf played with discs that resemble Frisbees. The players use the city's Luther Britt Park for their course and monthly tournaments. The Lumberton Bowling Center (lumbertonbowl.com) is a site for family entertainment. In addition to its bowling lanes, the center has billiards and game rooms.
The University of North Carolina at Pembroke's Givens Performing Arts Center (uncp.edu) has a year-round schedule of arts and cultural activities. Broadway shows and music festivals are highlights of the center's calendar. The youth program features performances based on school curriculum topics. Lumberton's Carolina Civic Center (carolinaciviccenter.com) is a venue for theater productions, art exhibits, film screenings and musical performances by national and local entertainers. It also hosts youth-oriented activities, such as the annual 4-H Club talent show.
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