Lake Waccamaw State Park

Lake Waccamaw, NC

Where are we going?

Lake Waccamaw State Park
1866 State Park Dr
Lake Waccamaw
NC 28450


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!

How much does it cost?

Adults: FREE to enter the park!

Children: Same as adult


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.


When can we go?

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

Open year round but closed Christmas Day


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! - Fun things to do with kids and best places to visit in the US
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