The diverse habitats of Lake Waccamaw—both on land and along the shoreline—are presented by a trail network that includes access to boardwalks, sun shelters and piers along with great fishing spots.
Hikers can get a closer look at the various plants of the bay forest bordering the lake. The boardwalk ends at a 375-foot pier.
An accessible boardwalk that traverses the bay forest and is complete with two sun shelters.
The trail passes through a variety of ecosystems during its four-mile course. Marked by blue blazes, Lakeshore Trail cuts through a pine forest, past one of the oldest stands of cypress trees in the area, under towering hickory trees, alongside grass beds in the lake that provide cover for a variety of fish species and beside sandy beaches perfect for picnicking or pausing to gaze across the lake.
The trail allows hikers to view the diverse plant life found at Lake Waccamaw State Park. Common plants along this trail include longleaf pines, bay trees and turkey oaks. With a careful eye, hikers can even spot Venus flytraps. Because the flytraps are a rare species, they should not be disturbed.
In the beginning, an eagle scout had a vision and after five years long years of hard work and perseverance that vision is a reality. The construction of the boardwalk, with the help of many, was completed in March 2016.
The boardwalk connects Lake Shore Trail to the Pine Woods Trail, making the trail three miles. This trail will give you the best of both worlds, with a little of the woods mixed in with the lake shore. We hope you make time to take a stroll on the boardwalk.
1866 State Park Drive
Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450
After hours: 910-640-0140
GPS: 34.278985, -78.46548
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