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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

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21424 N Fraser St, Highway 701, Georgetown, SC 29440-8221
+1 843-527-8069
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This is an awesome place to visit. It's peaceful and educational. The outside is beautiful to seat... read more

Reviewed 2 June 2017
Chrissy M
via mobile
Scenic area with nice trails

The visitor center is fairly new with a small museum with info on local animals. They also have... read more

Reviewed 22 February 2017
Syracuse, New York
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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 27,000 acres of tidal and forested wetlands and upland forests. In 2008, Waccamaw NWR opened the Cox Ferry Lake Recreation Area near Conway, and a Visitor & Environmental Education Center near Georgetown. Activities include wildlife observation and photography, hiking on trails and boardwalks, fishing, hunting, boating, canoeing, and kayaking.
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21424 N Fraser St, Highway 701, Georgetown, SC 29440-8221
+1 843-527-8069
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Reviewed 2 June 2017 via mobile

This is an awesome place to visit. It's peaceful and educational. The outside is beautiful to seat out among the trees. You can purchase T-SHIRT shirts and other things from gift shop. Each area has a learning process of our rivers, rice fields, and our...More

Thank Chrissy M
Reviewed 22 February 2017 via mobile

The visitor center is fairly new with a small museum with info on local animals. They also have some small live animals in another room. The trails right by the center are closed due to construction. Trails about 25 mins away are open at Cox...More

Reviewed 8 February 2017

Went to the Cox Ferry Lake area to hike and photograph wildlife. A little hard to find. Trails are wide. Boardwalk may or may not be open, signage is a little contradictory. Trail maintenance is lacking, as there are three large trees blocking the blue...More

Thank jmc1958
Reviewed 4 December 2016 via mobile

We drove here hoping for some trails, outdoor birding, etc. Very deceiving as it is basically a education center and you're instructed to drive another 15 miles to a so called wildlife refuge. Which was another disappointing trip. I guess I expected more from a...More

2  Thank Rosie D
Reviewed 18 August 2016 via mobile

The visitors' center is a little difficult to find. A gps takes you there, though. It is a very nice and apparently new building. There is an informative display explaining the confluence of the Pee Dee River and the 'black water' river. There aren't any...More

Thank Kate N
Reviewed 25 February 2016 via mobile

The visitors center has a 10 minute walk through the woods and an informative but small exhibit on the area water, ecology, wildlife. But the center is out of the way and mainly designed for local school groups. You can spend 30 minutes there. For...More

3  Thank Cornelia Z
Reviewed 22 April 2015

Informative film and small museum. Worth the hour or two. There is a small gift shop with reptiles on display.

1  Thank anacondapy
Reviewed 2 April 2014

This newly formed national wildlife refuge is a gem that is free. There is a captivating wildlife/habitat exhibit that is rich in depicting the swamp/river/forest habitat of this area. There are several nature trails with handouts that list markers & what to look for when...More

10  Thank Kathy M
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27 April 2016|
Response from Cornelia Z | Reviewed this property |
Sometimes. Mainly sanderlings and wil lets. But a great place for egrets, herons, cormorants.