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Murrells Inlet - Huntington Beach State Park


A sweeping Grand Strand beach, pristine and wide open, stands as one of the most recognizable South Carolina landmarks. Revel in sea-breeze camping, the finest surf fishing South Carolina has to offer and some of the top bird-watching on the East Coast. That's not all Huntington Beach State Park has to offer.

There are also South Carolina landmarks such as Atalaya, the picturesque, Moorish-style winter home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, philanthropist and sculptor, respectively, who left the park and adjacent Brookgreen Gardens as their legacy.

Nature lovers also will enjoy the park's Nature Center and wide variety of programming, including the chance to see loggerhead turtles and other endangered plant and animal species up close. The park's freshwater lake is a sure-fire place to see alligators and sometimes even a mink or two.

Art lovers, meanwhile, flock by the thousands to the prestigious, juried Atalaya Arts and Crafts Festival held each September in and around the former home of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington.


Jon Ignaszewski

Friday, March 16, 2018
This has become a must visit place in our travels to this area. At first, I was like, $10.00 to get in and park? However, that also grants you access to Myrtle Beach State Park as well, making this very affordable. We always go to Huntington Beach first, because they close earlier. We have hiked most of the trails, and while some of the trails aren't marked that well, they now have a map of the trails that is very nice and available upon entry to the park. We hiked along the beach to the Jetty on the North Beach Access and had a great time. We will definitely do this again!

Kim ONeil

Saturday, Dec. 9, 2017
I live about 15 miles from here and have a State Park Pass. I love going here with the dog during off season. The beach isn't crowded and the place is always clean. The beach is wider in this area as opposed to Myrtle Beach & a lot more natural. Campers seem to like it, they're on the other side of where most of the tourists go. There's a nice sidewalk along the entrance by the marsh area when coming into the park. I generally see an alligator sun bathing on one of the small islands in the marsh when coming in. They don't bother you as long as you don't bother them. It's really a nice place to take pics of the egrets but I mainly just go to the beach

Courtney Cato

Thursday, March 1, 2018
Great campground. Nicest bath house I've seen at a campground too. Which was doubly nice since we camped in the rustic area. Definitely would recommend if you want a nice relaxing camping trip on the beach. Atalaya was pretty interesting as well.

Steve Pickett

Tuesday, March 6, 2018
Very nice place. We stay at a house just up the beach, but always make a point of taking several walks through the park. Beautiful campground and clean bathroom facilities. Pet friendly.

Beth M

Sunday, Nov. 26, 2017
Wildlife galore! If wildlife is what you are into, then put this place on your list! There are several alligators hanging out very close to/on the sidewalks, which is amazing to see. Dogs are allowed in all areas of the park, but please be careful with them in certain areas. This is also a great place to go birding. I’m not too familiar with all of the different bird species, but we saw some beautiful ones while we were there...and tons of them! Wonderful park, we loved everything second of our visit!

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