Located in the Greater Waccamaw region near Myrtle Beach, South Carolina, the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge (WNWR) is a treasured public resource managed by the United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS). Established in 1993, the refuge is an important part of the Atlantic Flyway Migratory Bird System, as well as an actively managed habitat area. It provides shelter, food, and nesting sites to native wildlife, migratory birds, and threatened or endangered species. Whether you’re looking to explore the pristine beauty of natural habitat, take a leisurely stroll, or catch a glimpse of some of the most beautiful birds in the country, a visit to the Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge is sure to be one you won’t forget. Information can be found here.
Nestled on the Waccamaw River, the WNWR covers an extensive area of over 10,000 acres in Georgetown, Horry, and Marion counties. The refuge is divided into two small sections that are connected by a bridge; the larger Eastern section (Ward Bank) is accessible via an entrance off of Highway 501, while the smaller Western section (Ugly John) can only be accessed by boat. Ward Bank is the most popular area for visitors because it has many trails, an observation deck, and interpretive signs to help you learn more about the environment. The Waccamaw National Wildlife Refuge provides numerous opportunities to observe wildlife, including glimpses of bald eagles and osprey, as well as white-tailed deer, river otters, and even the occasional black bear. Its shallow and slow-moving waters provide a natural nesting ground for a variety of native waterfowl. See here for information about Exploring the History and Art of Horry County at the Museum in Conway, SC.