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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
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
Construction at the Dam   

This is to let you know that there is construction being done at the Dam. The Dam is still open and accessable, but please be cautious around that area. They are in the process of putting a walking bridge over the Dam.

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:21am
A portion of Lake Shore Trail is now open!   

Good news! We have been working diligently to open up the Lakeshore Trail. Lakeshore Trail from the Visitor's Center to Campsite 4 is once again open. The park staff are still working on the trail from campsite 4 to the Dam. The trail from campsite 4 to the Dam is a work in progress. Please be patient. Construction has begun on the new boardwalk that was washed away by Hurricane Matthew last year. We are hoping to have the entire Lake Shore Trail open before Spring 2018.

 Posted on: Wednesday, November 22, 2017 - 8:50am
Directions

Lake Waccamaw State Park is located in Columbus County, 38 miles west of Wilmington and 12 miles east of Whiteville.

From I-95, travel southeast on US 74, continuing east on the highway after it merges with US 76. After passing Whiteville, travel approximately 12 miles. Signs on this highway will direct you to the park. Turn right on Jefferson Road. Before the road takes a sharp right at the lake, turn left on Bella Coola Road until its end at Lake Waccamaw State Park.

From I-40 at Wilmington, take US 74/76 west for approximately 38 miles. Signs on this highway will direct you to the park. Turn left on Old Lake Road and left on NC214. Turn right on Jefferson Road . Before the road takes a sharp right at the lake, turn left on Bella Coola Road. Follow Bella Coola Road until its end at Lake Waccamaw State Park.

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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