ROBESON COUNTY, NC (WECT) - A river that spans Robeson and Columbus counties is being recognized as one of the top ten natural wonders in North Carolina.
Land for Tomorrow, a coalition for the preservation of the state's lands and waters, released the list and named the Lumber River as one of its top ten.
The group initially called for open nominations, which produced 1,300 candidates. From there, the group pared it down to 200 and let a panel of prominent people from across the state whittle that list down to 25. Those were then put to a popular vote.
Land for Tomorrow received more than 3,000 votes and released this top ten list:
The Columbus County Tourism Bureau nominated the Lumber River, which is a slow-flowing, 115-mile black water river. It begins in Hoke County and flows through Robeson and Columbus counties before crossing into South Carolina and becoming a tributary to the Little Pee Dee River.
The river is home to many recreational activities such as canoeing, kayaking, fishing, swimming and camping.
The Lumber River State Park is located in Robeson County and spans 9,234 acres. There is also a half-mile boardwalk in the Columbus County town of Fair Bluff that meanders through the moss-covered cypress trees along the river's edge.