Myrtle Beach, S.C.

12. Exploring State Parks

Exploring State Parks

Some Myrtle Beach visitors — and even many locals — never make it to our two State Parks. There are plenty of distractions here at the beach, no denying. But those who don’t visit are missing out on two of the jewels of our region, both offering very different takes on the natural beauty of the Lowcountry. Myrtle Beach State Park is just minutes from the airport and downtown regions, and Huntington Beach State Park is just 30 minutes south of Myrtle Beach along U.S. 17. South Carolina takes great pride in its many State Parks and visitors rank the two along the Grand Strand as something quite special. At either park, you’ll have the opportunity to step back in time and see undeveloped maritime forests that haven’t changed much for millennia. The roller coasters and cotton candy will be there waiting for you, so why not consider exploring the Grand Strand’s wild side.

Myrtle Beach State Park

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It’s hard to believe that nestled between the high-rise hotels and condominiums of Myrtle Beach, and the busy oceanfront of Surfside Beach, that land that time forgot awaits visitors for the small price of admission. Miles of hiking trails wind through maritime forests to the undeveloped oceanfront with a 1,000-ft pier jutting out into the blue Atlantic Ocean. Find picnic shelters, a nature center, campsites and rental cabins, all at the Myrtle Beach State Park.

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Huntington Beach State Park

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Named for Anna and Archer Huntington, who gave the land to the State of South Carolina, Huntington Beach is a special place to visit mostly because of its excellent wildlife viewing opportunities. See birds of all feather, alligators, and small mammals in their natural habitat. Tour Atalaya, built in 1931, the Huntington’s winter home, and Anna Hyatt Huntington’s sculpture workshop. Enjoy plenty of camping, fishing, hiking, a wonderful Nature Center, and a great beach!

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