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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
Trail Closed   

Lakeshore Trail is closed due to hazardous conditions. The park staff are in the process of clearing the way to open the Lake Shore Trail from the Visitor's Center to campsite 4. The trail from campsite 4 to the Dam has alot more improvements needed. Construction will begin 11/15/2017 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.

 Posted on: Tuesday, November 14, 2017 - 10:30am
Education

Rangers hold regularly scheduled educational and interpretive programs about Lake Waccamaw State Park. Check the Events calendar for more information.

To arrange a special exploration of Lake Waccamaw State Park for your group or class, contact the park office.

Educational materials about Lake Waccamaw State Park have been developed for grades 6-8 and are correlated to North Carolina's competency-based curriculum in science, social studies, mathematics and English/language arts. The Lake Waccamaw program introduces students to the unique ecosystem of this particular Carolina bay, focusing on water chemistry and the lake's diversity of aquatic life. Accompanying the program is a teacher's booklet and workshop, free of charge to educators.

Visitor Center

In addition to the educational programs offered at the park, the park visitor center features environmental education exhibits. Conveniently located near the park entrance, the visitor center and exhibit hall are wheelchair accessible.

The interactive exhibits focus on the singularity of Lake Waccamaw. The exhibit hall offers videos that examine the lake's biological systems and its cultural history, as well as the role of the giant mussel in the lake's ecosystem. Take a walk back in time and recount the days when loggers floated rafts of cypress across the lake. Enjoy photographs that capture the tourism efforts at the lake.

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