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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
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GPS sending you through the Green Swamp.   

It seems that some GPS systems do not give actuate directions to our park. If the directions that the GPS give you advise you to drive though the Green Swamp then there is a possiblity that you will get stuck in the mud. If you are following the GPS directions and it has you turn off on to a dirt road. Stop! Do Not continue. The best directions will keep you on paved roads.

From Wilmington:
Turn onto Cape Fear Historic Bywy (US-76/US-421)
Continue on US-76 (Andrew Jackson Hwy)
Continue on US-74 W/US-76 W (Andrew Jackson Hwy) toward Lumberton/Whiteville
Turn slightly left onto Sam Potts Hwy (NC-214)
Turn left onto Jefferson Rd.
Jefferson Rd becomes Bartram Lane.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Rd
Turn left onto State Park Dr
Arrive at State Park Dr.
 
From Whiteville:
Merge onto US-76 E/US-74 E toward Wilmington.
Turn right onto Fire Tower Road
Turn left onto Sam Potts Highway (NC 214)
Turn right onto Jefferson Road
Jefferson Rd becomes Bartram Lane.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Rd
Turn left onto State Park Dr
Arrive at State Park Dr.

 

 Posted on: Wednesday, August 17, 2016 - 1:15pm
Lake Shore Trail is closed from Campsite 4 to the Dam.   

Lake Shore Trail is closed from Campsite 4 to the Dam. If you do decide to venture out, some areas are going to be a bit challenging with some standing water and rough patches. The boardwalk that was down in that area was damaged during the Hurricane last year. We have had our share of rain which has caused that area to be in some parts under water and unable to pass. Please use caution on Lake Shore Trail.

 Posted on: Monday, September 11, 2017 - 4:25pm
High Water cautions on Lake Shore Trail   

The Lake Shore Trail from the Visitor's Center to the campsites is expiencing high water in some areas due to the amount of rain received that might be challenging to hikers.

 Posted on: Tuesday, September 12, 2017 - 11:54am

Lake Waccamaw State Park

A visit to Lake Waccamaw State Park unveils one of the most unique bodies of water in the world and one of the greatest geological mysteries—the phenomenon of Carolina Bays with species of aquatic life found nowhere else. A 700-foot boardwalk reaching into the shallow, tea-colored water accommodates wildlife viewing and fishing, and more than seven miles of trails allow hikers to explore multiple ecosystems and rare plants. Fifty-two species of game and non-game fish are at home in Lake Waccamaw. Camping is primitive at four hike-in group sites, and a boat ramp allows lake access for paddlers and small boats. A visitor center with exhibit hall and free interpretive programs explore the region’s diverse natural and cultural history.

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Nearby Attraction
N.C. Museum of Natural Sciences-Whiteville

Contact:

Lake Waccamaw State Park

1866 State Park Drive
Lake WaccamawNC 28450
Phone910-646-4748
After hours 910-640-0140
lake.waccamaw@ncparks.gov
Latitude: 34.278985
Longitude: -78.465480

Park Hours:

December, January, and February: 7am - 7pm
March, April, and October: 7am - 9pm
May, June, July, August., and September: 7am - 10pm
November: 7am - 8pm
Closed Christmas Day

Park Office
8am - 5pm daily