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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 swimming pier and the visitor center remain CLOSED.

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

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.

Please note that this alert is updated only when something changes. Generally, state parks are following the phased reopening statewide. Phase 2 has been extended until at least September 11, 2020.

 Last updated on: Thursday, August 6, 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
     

 

 

 

List of 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.


Surface: gravel, boardwalk/bridge

Length:
0.10 miles
one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

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.


Surface: boardwalk/bridge

Length:

one way
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:

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.


Surface:

Length:

one way
Difficulty:
Blaze:



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.


Surface:

Length:
0.65 miles
loop
Difficulty:
easy hike
Blaze:
red



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.


Surface: boardwalk/bridge

Length:

Difficulty:
easy hike
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