This scenic byway begins in Brunswick
County, half a mile north of Supply on N.C.
211 North at the edge of Green Swamp.
At more than 140 square miles, Green Swamp
is composed of peat and muck timberland. In 1795, the state
granted more than 170,000 acres to three businessmen who used the swamp for
cutting lumber and peat. Today, the swamplands are owned by several large pulp
and paper companies.
The drive starts by traveling north from Supply on N.C. 211, crossing the Royal
Oak Swamp after two miles. Royal Oak Swamp is fed by the Green Swamp and
flows into the Lockwood Folly River.
From the intersection of N.C. 211 and Little Macedonia Road (S.R. 1343/1448),
drive through Green Swamp for the next 23 miles to Bolton. At the Brunswick/
Columbus County line, cross Clear Branch Creek. Crusoe Island, founded some
say in 1806 by political refugees from French Haiti, lies 15 miles southwest of the
The byway passes close to Lake Waccamaw State Park near Bolton in Columbus
County. The park features a 700-foot boardwalk and more than seven miles of trails
The Green Swamp drains into Lake Waccamaw, which was named around
1733 for a local American Indian tribe. After passing Lake Waccamaw, continue
to Bolton, which was settled in 1889 and named for a lumber company that once
operated in the area.
Continue north on N.C. 211 to pass through the Friar Swamp. The route passes
into Bladen County through large pine forests, planted for pulp and paper use,
toward Bladenboro. About three miles north of the county line, the road turns and
parallels the CSX railroad line. The byway ends at the intersection of N.C. 211 and
N.C. 242 east of Bladenboro, eight miles northwest of Clarkton.
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