Plan Your Visit

Visitor and Environmental Education Center Administration Office Hdr Pic 512 W

Administration Office and Visitor Center:

Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge
Visitor Center and Administration Office

21424 N Fraser Street (Hwy 701)
Georgetown, SC 29440
Phone: (843) 527-8069
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From Georgetown:
From the intersection of Highways 521, 701, and 17, you want to take Hwy 701 North towards Conway, S.C.. We are exactly 20 miles from Wal-Mart on Hwy 701 North. The Visitor Center will be on your right before you cross the Great Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake.

From Conway:
Take Highway 701 South 15 miles towards Georgetown, S.C.. We are located on the left-hand side of the road right after you cross the Great Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake.

Visitor Center via Google Maps

Monday- Friday
8:00am to 4:00pm
10:00am to 4:30pm
Closed all federal holidays


398 lb male bear captured 350 W

Pictured above is a 398 lb. male bear captured in Georgetown County (June 2014) that is currently being tracked as part of ongoing research.


During warm weather temperatures and humidity can be extreme and dangerous. Be sure to bring plenty of insect repellent, drinking water, appropriate footwear, and sunscreen.


Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area Picnic Pavilion 350 W

Cox Ferry Recreational Area

In Conway:

Take Hwy 544 to W. Cox Ferry Rd. Parking area is approximately 2.5 miles on left. Look for yellow gate and Refuge sign.

Cox Ferry Recreational parking area via Google Maps

Jackson Bluff Parking Area

In Conway:
Take Hwy 544 to Jackson Bluff Rd. Stay straight when road turns to the left. Parking area is about 200 yards on left hand side.

Jackson Bluff parking area via Google Maps

Sunrise to sunset

Waccamaw Virtual Tearsheet

Visitor Center:
In October of 2009 Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge opened the Visitor Center. Built on a 22-acre tract of land that overlooks the Great Pee Dee River and Yauhannah Lake, the 7,300 square ft. center houses an exhibit hall, auditorium, gift/book shop featuring live native animals, a conference room and a state of the art environmental education classroom/wet lab.

If you are interested in hiking on the Refuge, we would suggest you visit our Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area in Conway which is roughly 15 miles from our Visitor Center. It has three trails of varying lengths including a boardwalk which allows hikers to meander through a flooded cypress swamp. You can expect to see a variety of forest wildlife, including an array of plants and animals associated with bottomland hardwood habitats. The Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area also offers a bike trail for biking enthusiast. Hiking is also permitted along the Great Pee Dee River at the Hwy. 701 bridge just north of Yauhannah Lake.

Cox Ferry Lake Recreational Area Trail

Canoeing, kayaking, and boating:
Waccamaw NWR has endless opportunities for canoeing, kayaking, and boating. In fact, many feel that the best way to see the Refuge is from the water. The Great Pee Dee River has been designated by South Carolina as a State Scenic River. The portion of the Waccamaw River that runs throughout the Refuge has been designated as a National Water Trail by the National Park Service. These two rivers converge in the heart of the Refuge to form a thriving estuary full of wildlife and beautiful low-country vistas. There are canoe and kayak launching facilities located at the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area and at the end of Jackson Bluff Rd. in Conway. You can also put in at many boat ramps located along the Great Pee Dee and Waccamaw Rivers.

America's Rivers Waccamaw River Blue Trail Map

Know Before You Go:
If visiting the Refuge make sure to have drinking water, insect repellent, sunscreen, and good walking shoes.