There are not many parks that have a beach and I recently found one at Luther Britt Park while visiting Lumberton. The 142-acre park opened in 1986 and has 35 acres of water. The clubhouse overlooking the beach area is a focal point of the park. While closed for swimming on the day I visited, I was able to see that when they open for the summer season they will also offer paddle boats for rental. With 2 lakes on the property, I can imagine one is used more for the active activities and one is for fishing. During my 3 mile walk on the trails, I stopped to enjoy the view and a little porch swinging lakeside.
Located right off I-95, I would agree with visistNC.com’s assessment that Luther Britt Park is Lumberton's Best Kept Secret. So how did I find it? I stopped by the Lumberton Parks & Recreation office and a photo of the beach and clubhouse caught my eye. After talking to Parks & Recreation Director Tim Taylor, I knew I had to visit. The park has an 18-hole disc golf course and one of the baskets is on an island in the lake. From the 17th tee box, the disc travels across the water. I asked about “lost discs” and they have a scuba group come out and clean up periodically. I also found out what happened at the park as a result of Hurricane Matthew. The park received 20 acres of water and the clubhouse was under water for 1 week. Yes, I confirmed I heard that right.
The park looked to be mostly recovered on the day I visited. While walking around, I saw several playgrounds, picnic shelters and lots of picnic tables under the trees. In addition to kids playing at the water’s edge and adults fishing, some turtles were sunning on a log. An amphitheater overlooking the water was getting a new roof compliments of the local Kiwanis Club.
The next time I’m traveling along I-95 and need a break, Luther Britt Park is where I’ll be heading! For more information on Luther Britt Park visit http://www.ci.lumberton.nc.us/index.php/departments/59-dept/rec/121-lbrittpark