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Lake Waccamaw is a natural fresh-water lake in Columbus County of North Carolina. It’s thought that the lake has been in existence for over 15,000 years, possibly even 30,000 years, and a number of fossilized whale bones dating back millions of years have been discovered here.
Four small creeks feed Lake Waccamaw, and the Waccamaw River arises from the lake and eventually drains into the Atlantic Ocean at Winyah Bay, South Carolina.
The area was occupied by the Waccamaw Siouan people who have various stories regarding the formation of the lake. One believes that a meteor created the lake sent by the creator who was angry with the people for not honoring him. Another story tells of a beautiful princess that lived in the gardens here who asked for the garden to be changed into a lake when here tribe was overrun by a rival tribe.
Lake Waccamaw is located between the cities of Wilmington, NC, on the Atlantic Coast and Fayetteville, NC, further to the north. Book an RV in Columbus County to explore this beautiful coastline area of North Carolina.
There is plenty of opportunities to get out hiking in the area. At the south-eastern end of the lake is the Lake Waccamaw Nature Loop, a 3.6-mile trail that follows the shoreline for half of its route before looping back to the start. It’s an easy trail, just right for the whole family, including your dog. A little further away near Wilmington, but a short drive in your rental RV, there are many well-marked trails along the coast and following Cape Fear River.
When getting out on the water is your pleasure, then there are two free public boat ramps available, close to the state park. Powerboats, sailboats, and paddleboats are all permitted on the lake, but with plenty of space on the nearly 9,000-acres of water.
Lake Waccamaw is well-stocked with fish, including several species of bass and catfish, white perch, sunfish, and bluegill. There are a bait and tackle store close by for all your fishing needs, and the lake is often very quiet, making for a nice relaxing day of fishing.
There are no RV campgrounds on Lake Waccamaw itself, but plenty of others nearby to choose from. For the perfect family vacation, with all the amenities you could want, then maybe the Wilmington KOA campground is just the spot. Along with the full hook-up sites, you’ll find a swimming pool, outdoor games and activities, a playground, and a computer and games room.
For something a little different, how about RV camping in a vineyard? Well, almost! Carrollwoods RV Campground and Vineyard is just a few miles southwest of the lake. The RV park is located right next to the vineyard, and both are owned by the same family. There are plenty of facilities, including a swimming pool, volleyball court, and a playground. The site is also just a short distance from the popular Myrtle Beach area.
The small town of Lake Waccamaw is located on the north shore of Lake Waccamaw, and along with a gas station, it has some stores and a few restaurants to choose from.
While stocking up your rental RV in the town, pop into the Lake Waccamaw Depot Museum and step back in time to the age of steam railroads. The museum is packed with artifacts, memorabilia, and photographs of the depot in its heyday.
While RV camping near Lake Waccamaw, a trip to Wilmington should definitely be on your to-do list, and with several museums and interesting places to visit, there should be something to keep everyone happy. Top of the list could be the USS North Carolina, a battleship built-in 1908 that also served during WWII. This huge ship is moored on the Cape Fear River and has been fully restored to its former glory. The self-guided tour gives you an insight into life on a navy battleship.
Across the river from the USS North Carolina is the bustling downtown area, where you can take a river tour, chill out at a riverside bar or visit one of the many museums. The Museum of the Bizarre houses all manner of strange and unusual exhibits that will keep everyone amused, baffled, or shocked!
Harking back to the days of slavery in the southern states, the 10,000 square-foot Bellamy Mansion is now a museum that includes the original slave quarters. The beautifully restored mansion is a fabulous example of the antebellum architecture style and now houses the Museum of History and Art.