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Exercise opportunities in Columbus County

Revised on: 08.3.2018 at 11:14 a.m.

Posted on: 07.28.2018 at 07:00 a.m.

By Diana Matthews

This year’s annual fitness events at Lake Waccamaw over Labor Day weekend will highlight three inter-related areas of health: physical, mental and spiritual.  It’s not too early to start physical preparation for your chosen Personal Endurance Challenge by training several times a week.

Members of the Take the Lake planning committee compiled a list of some of the low cost or free exercise venues where adults and children can prepare for the Labor Day weekend of walk/run, bike, paddle and swim challenges.

Trails and paths

Bolton – Perimenter Trail

Buckhead  – Community Park

Cerro Gordo – Athletic Field

Chadbourn – Homer Thomas Park, First Baptist Church

Fair Bluff – River Walk

Hallsboro – Bogue Community Park

Lake Waccamaw – State Park, Elizabeth Brinkley Park

Old Dock – Community Park

Orrum (Robeson County) – Lumber River State Park

Riegelwood – Community Park, Ransom Community Park

Sandyfield – Community Park

St. James – Community Park, Elra and Gertrude Spaulding Park

Tabor City – Athletic Complex, Lake Tabor

Whiteville – Edgewood Community Park, Felix Smith Park, Molly Branch Greenway, Nolan Park, West Whiteville Park, Wildlife Action/Helms Nature Preserve, Pinckney and Madison Streets, Southeastern Community College Walking Trails, Thompson and Jefferson Streets

Additionally, indoor walking is available at Whiteville Recreation Center Gymnasium, 255 Rec Center Drive.

Senior Centers

Exercise equipment for ages 60 and older is available Monday through Thursday, 8:00 am – 4:00 pm and Friday, 8:00 am – 1:30 pm at the following locations:

Bolton (910-655-4166)

Riegelwood /East Columbus (910-655-4754)

Whiteville (910-641-6602)

Chadbourn (910-654-4423)

Fair Bluff (910-649-6881)

Tabor City (910-653-3063)

Bug Hill (910-640-3791)


The two eagerly-awaited YMCA pools are now open to the public and offering Swim For Life lessons. The address of the Fair Bluff pool is 297 Elm St., and the phone number is 649-6156.

The Whiteville pool is at 2395 J.B. White Hwy. N., and the phone number is 640-3845. Summer hours are 11 a.m. to 6 p.m. and 1 p.m. to 6 p.m. Sunday at both pools. Day passes are available as well as season passes.

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