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A view of the lake at Lake Waccamaw State Park
Current status of park facilities   

Trails, restrooms, and boat ramps are open. The visitor center is open daily from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. A properly worn mask or face covering, covering both the nose and the mouth, is required to enter the visitor center.

The swimming pier is closed.

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

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. As of October 3, we are following modified Phase 3.

 Last updated on: Monday, October 5, 2020


Map of North Carolina – Lake Waccamaw State Park


Contact the park
 

910-646-4748

lake.waccamaw@ncparks.gov
 

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 September:
    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