The Lumber River, which meanders along the border between Scotland and Hoke Counties before heading further east for its rendezvous with the Pee Dee, has been voted one of North Carolina’s Ten Natural Wonders, the result of an on-line contest held by Land for Tomorrow, a coalition dedicated to supporting the preservation of North Carolina’s land and water resources.

The river is also the only black water river designated National Wild and Scenic River in the country.

The Lumber supports outdoor recreation and river festivals, as well as boating, fishing and hunting, picnicking and even artifact and fossil hunting.

In Scotland County, your best bet is to begin at Chalk Banks Access near Wagram (just north of Laurinburg) at the uppermost end of the accessible section of river.