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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
Trails

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. 

 

Boardwalk Trail
Location: A gravel path from the picnic area parking lot winds through the picnic ground and leads to a 700-foot boardwalk
Description: 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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.10 miles
One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Surface: Gravel, Boardwalk
Boardwalk Trail 2
Location: Located near the visitor's center.
Description: An accessible boardwalk that traverses the bay forest and is complete with two sun shelters.
Point of Interest:
Length:

One-way
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
Boardwalk Trail 2 at Lake Waccamaw State Park
Surface: Boardwalk
Lakeshore Trail
Location: Begins at the visitor's center and follows the lakeshore to the Waccamaw River
Description: 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.
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Loblolly Trail
Location: begins and ends at the visitor's center.
Description: 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.
Point of Interest:
Length:
0.65 miles
Round Trip
Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
red
Surface:
New Boardwalk
Location: Between Lake Shore Trail and Pine Woods Trail
Description: 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.
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Difficulty:
Easy
Blaze:
New Boardwalk at Lake Waccamaw
Surface: Boardwalk
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