The summer resort town of White Lake in Bladen County has been called "The Variety Vacationland" of Southeastern North Carolina. White Lake is easily reached by several major highways. It occupies the center of an imaginary wheel, and is surrounded by cities such as Raleigh, Fayetteville, Wilmington, Myrtle Beach, Kinston, and Goldsboro, all of which are only a short drive away.
White Lake is easily accessible from all parts of the State. From I-40 West, take the U.S. 701 exit South at Newton Grove and go about 45 miles through Clinton on U. S. 701 to White Lake. From Fayetteville or I-95, take N. C. Hwy. 87 East or N. C. Hwy. 53 East 45 miles, then 7 mi. N. on U. S. 701 to White Lake. From Wilmington and points east, take N. C. Hwy. 87 to Elizabethtown, and U. S. 701 N. 7 mi. to White Lake. From Myrtle Beach, take U. S. 701 North through Tabor City, Whiteville, and Elizabethtown. If you are coming from Jacksonville or Morehead City, take Hwy. 41 through Wallace or Hwy. 53 East to White Lake.
Upon approaching White Lake from U. S. 701 South from Elizabethtown, turn right on Hwy. 53 East, go three miles and turn left on White Lake Drive. Go 1/2 mile and you are there. From U. S. 701 North or Hwy. 41 East, follow White Lake Road for three miles around White Lake, past the amusement park. MelFest is 1/2 mile further on your left, across White Lake Road from Melwood Court Motel.
Melwood Music Park, the venue for Melfest, has a covered permanent stage with lights, fans, and electrical hookups for sound equipment. Professional sound engineering is provided by Soundshop Studios, Inc. of Live Oak, N.C. A large lighted parking lot will park over one hundred vehicles, and additional parking is available. The covered spectator area will seat over one thousand persons. Camp Clearwater, the largest RV and camping facility in North Carolina, is within walking distance of the music park. Lodging is also available at nearby motels and numerous restaurants afford dining. A large amusement park is within walking distance.
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