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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge

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Address: 21424 N Fraser St, Highway 701, Georgetown, SC 29440-8221
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Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge encompasses nearly 27,000 acres of tidal...

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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Scenic area with nice trails

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... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 4 weeks ago
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Syracuse, New York
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 weeks ago 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 Ferry Lake just south in Conway. Last year it was opposite when those trails were... More 

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Cuyahoga Falls, Ohio
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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 7 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 trail, and they appear to have been there for quite some time.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 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 "refuge".

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 trails or walks there. The Cox Lake Recreation area is several miles away. There are... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles 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 hikes, go to Cox Ferry off 544. You can put in kayaks there, bike, picnic.... More 

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Hemingway, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 22 April 2015

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

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Georgetown, South Carolina
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5 of 5 bubbles 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 you reach each one. There is also a boat dock with a beautiful view of... More 

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