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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
Flooding on Lakeshore Trail at Lake Waccamaw State Park   

Several portions of Lakeshore Trail are underwater due to heavy rain in the last few days. Please follow detour signs on the trails to avoid flooded areas and prevent damaging the wet trail. Please do not walk through the campsite area.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020

Status of facilities at Lake Waccamaw State Park as of May 22   

Campsites are open as of May 22. Reservations must be made in advance through the reservations website or by calling 1-877-722-6762.

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps are open. The swimming pier and the visitor center remain CLOSED.

When visiting, please follow social distancing guidelines, regardless of the behavior of others. Please try to stay 6 feet away from other visitors and park staff or wear a mask or face covering. Try to touch as few surfaces as possible and do not enter areas that have been closed off. Wash or sanitize your hands before, during, and after your visit, and stay home if you are sick.

 Last updated on: Wednesday, May 27, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Lake Waccamaw State Park


Contact the park
 

910-646-4748

lake.waccamaw@ncparks.gov

 

After hours

910-640-0140
 


Address
 

Visitor center

1866 State Park Drive
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450

GPS: 34.2790, -78.4654
 

Hours
 

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  • December to February:
    7:00am to 7:00pm
     
  • March to April:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • May to August:
    7:00am to 10:00pm
     
  • October:
    7:00am to 9:00pm
     
  • November:
    7:00am to 8:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

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  • Open daily:
    8:00am to 5:00pm
     
  • Closed Christmas Day
     

 

 

 

Area information

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

Please note: Some GPS systems do not provide accurate directions to the park. If your GPS directs you to drive through the Green Swamp, then there is a possibility that you will get stuck in the mud! If your GPS instructs you to turn onto a dirt road — STOP! Do not continue. The best route will keep you on paved roads.

Click here to download the accurate directions (listed below) to the park.

FROM WILMINGTON 
From the Cape Fear Historic Byway, take U.S. 76 West (Wooster Street).
Continue on U.S. 74 West/U.S. 76 West toward Lumberton/Whiteville for 34 miles.
When you reach Waccamaw, turn left onto Fire Tower Road/Old Lake Road (State Road 1740).
After half a mile, turn left onto Sam Potts Highway (N.C. 214).
After about 1 mile, turn right onto Jefferson Road. This road will turn into Bartram Lane after 1.1 miles.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Road and travel 2.6 miles.
Turn left onto State Park Drive to arrive at the park.

FROM WHITEVILLE
Take U.S. 76 East/U.S. 74 East toward Wilmington for about 12 miles.
When you reach Waccamaw, turn right onto Fire Tower Road/Old Lake Road (State Road 1740).
After half a mile, turn left onto Sam Potts Highway (N.C. 214).
After about 1 mile, turn right onto Jefferson Road. This road will turn into Bartram Lane after 1.1 miles.
Turn left onto Bella Coola Road and travel 2.6 miles.
Turn left onto State Park Drive to arrive at the park.

 

Get directions from Google.

 

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