Lake Waccamaw State Park

1866 State Park Drive

A visit to Lake Waccamaw State Park unveils one of the most unique bodies of water in the world and one of the greatest geological mysteries—the phenomenon of Carolina Bays with species of aquatic life found nowhere else. A 700-foot boardwalk reaching into the shallow, tea-colored water accommodates wildlife viewing and fishing, and more than seven miles of trails allow hikers to explore multiple ecosystems and rare plants. Fifty-two species of game and non-game fish are at home in Lake Waccamaw. Camping is primitive at four hike-in group sites, and a boat ramp allows lake access for paddlers and small boats. A visitor center with exhibit hall and free interpretive programs explore the region’s diverse natural and cultural history.


Robert Brown

Tuesday, April 17, 2018
Two great boardwalks that lead to the lake. My wife and I go there for the peaceful, quiet of nature. But especially for the fresh air, the wind on the water, the gorgeous sunsets, the rush of the wind through the trees. The park has some well-maintained trails for short hikes through the woods. It has camping facilities too but we don't use those. It has a nice and informative office with friendly staff. Convenient and clean exterior restrooms. The winding road through the woods to the parking lot near the pier that extends into the lake is also a favorite part of our visit.

Shannon Ashley

Sunday, May 27, 2018
Was taken there as a North Carolina new comer, and was told there were going to be gators. 'You can swim here, the gators pay you no mind'. Which is one of the most ridiculous statements I've ever heard. But I never saw an alligator, and i didn't go swimming. Not the parks fault. I wouldn't have gone swimming even if their were gators. Would consider going again.

Big Kahuna

Saturday, May 26, 2018
Nice clean lake. Fishing tuff at times. Get there before the crowd or you'll have to park on the shoulder of the road. Small parking lot for the west side boat ramp maybe 10 spots. It has 2 ramps for unloading and loading.

Joe B.

Tuesday, Feb. 20, 2018
An amazing place if you want to "get back to nature". Sadly, little has been done to improve the trail system in the last 10 years except a beautiful boardwalk that goes from nowhere to nowhere. Great place for small children to swim since you have to walk 150 yards out before getting to deeper water; however, water shoes are preferred since there are razor sharp muscle shells on the sandy bottom. This shallow lake becomes like a green, hot tub in late July, so if you like your swim to be refreshing, June is a great time to go. The bugs can be very bad at certain times, so if you are hiking, camping, or picnicking take plenty of repellent. The only amenity offered is the bathrooms which often run out of liquid hand soap. In over 10 years of swimming at the park, I have never seen an alligator in the lake itself, so leave your fears behind when you check out this gorgeous wonder!

Liz Bell

Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Has new & beautiful areas. Great for fishing, boating, walking and family events. Even has camping areas. Have fun & feel safe.

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