National Parks

Lake Waccamaw State Park

Lake Waccamaw, NC

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Address: 1866 State Park Dr, Lake Waccamaw, NC 28450, USA Number: 910-646-4748 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

The cool, tea-colored waters at first appear similar to other lakes in the area,  within Lake Waccamaw State Park is one of the most unique bodies of water in the world. You will find here species of animals found nowhere else on the planet, rare plants and endangered animals. This is the phenomenon of Carolina Bays, and it's one of the greatest geological mysteries of the eastern United States 

So you know you're in for a truly special family days out in North Carolina!

To enjoy it, you can head to the 700 foot boardwalk that reaches out into the shallow water, the perfect spot for wildlife viewing, and even fishing. 

For those hikers in the family, you get to enjoy over 7 miles of trails, enabling you to explore multiple ecosystems and rare plants.

Did you know that 52 species of game and non-game fish call Lake Waccamaw home too? Pretty impressive!

If you want to really immerse yourself in this stunning North Carolina state park, why not stay overnight, or even a few days? The park has primitive camping, which is perfect.

For those who want to explore the lake, there is a boat ramp that allows lake access for paddlers and small boats.

The best place to start your entire adventure at Lake Waccamaw is the visitor center with it's exhibit hall and free interpretive programs. Kids can learn all about the ecosystem, and what they're about to experience. The exhibits also over the region's diverse natural and cultural history.

It's a family day out in one of the most unique geological wonders in the United States, so grab that camera and let's get exploring!

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How much does it cost?



FREE to enter the park!



Same as adult


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Additional Information

Powerboats and sailboats may be launched from the boat ramps, but parking is limited.

Any top tips?


Make sure you take plenty of sun protection!

I'm Hungry!


Why not take a picnic! Picnic tables and grills are conveniently placed beneath tall longleaf pines and turkey oaks draped with Spanish moss. Drinking water and restrooms are nearby.

Healthy Eating Take plenty of bottled water!

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Where is it at?


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. Latitude: 34.278985 Longitude: -78.465480 or check the website for accurate directions.

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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.

Need a little extra help?


The picnic area and the restrooms, as well as some picnic tables, are accessible for persons with disabilities. Some of the trails have flat boardwalk access too.

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in North Carolina

When can we go?

Open 7am. Close between 7pm and 10pm pending season.

Open year round but closed Christmas Day

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