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Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet
Categories: State Parks, Nature & Parks
Watch an alligator sunning itself, or use binoculars to view eagles in their natural habitat at Huntington Beach State Park. Thanks to the generosity of Archer and Anna Hyatt Huntington, this beach was preserved in its natural state, with no hotels or bars. Visitors can boat, fish, hike, camp, or picnic. The house on site hosts a yearly arts and crafts festival. Put Huntington Beach State Park and other Murrells Inlet attractions into our Murrells Inlet tourist route planner, and watch your holiday take shape.
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This is such a beautiful area. There is something for everyone. If you love the marsh birds like egrets, herons and ibises this is the place for you. How about alligators that sometimes cross the road... read more »
It's a great relaxing place to be. Camping and a nice Beach front. Away from the crowded water front in Myrtle.
We didn't get to explore the park much because we came late in the evening (trying to enjoy our last day of vacation before evacuations for hurricane matthew), but without a doubt this was the best st... read more »
This was our first trip to Huntington Beach State Park and we now have a new place to call our home away from home! We camp in a pop up camper and reserved a water/electric spot for $45/night. We were at site 109 which was heavily shaded, large, and pretty private. We were not too far from the bathhouse or the beach access. The beach access walk is GORGEOUS and the beach is very empty because only campers use the back access as there is no parking at that entrance point. You are allowed to have your dog on a huge section of the beach as long as it is leashed. The bathhouses were clean and well taken care of. We took part in a couple of the interpretive programs, the crabbing, and a sea turtle nest program. They were both very fun, informative, and well worth the time! The only downside of the stay was that the free wifi did not reach back to our campsite. It was in the bathhouses but if you got more than three or four sites away you lost the connection.
There is so much to love here. The campground is reasonably shady, it's quiet and people are easy going. It's close to the beach and reasonably priced. Even the gift shop doesn't gouge you. They have numerous educational programs and there's plenty to do. A 5 mile bike path connects and there is plenty of biking in the park. We even got to watch a sea turtle nest inventory with a complete explanation. It's within a short distance to Brookgreen Garden and plenty of restaurants and shops.
I've visited a whole bunch of different state and national parks throughout the US and I believe Huntington Beach is my favorite. On the way there, when you're driving along highway 17, you're surrounded by mile after mile after mile of retail shopping hell and overpriced chain restaurants, all waiting for the Myrtle Beach tourists to open their wallets. But then you pull into the entrance to the park, and it's truly like you've dropped off the face of the earth and into an extraordinary version of the world that you never really get to experience. There's something so incredibly unassuming about this place. It's like they made a conscious decision to let the beauty, and the silence of nature speak for itself, and you can hear it loud and clear. When I visited, I had a picnic on the beach, which is absolutely pristine for 3 miles, and I love that there is a section for dogs. There is a freshwater lake that provides a beautiful home to the Alligators (I saw three on my trip), and some absolutely amazing looking birds. My favorite new bird friend is the Anhinga, also known as the Water Turkey or Snakebird. I had never seen one before but could tell they loved it there as much as I did, and as much as the over 300 other bird species that call the park their home. I spent a lot of time up and down the Salt Marsh observation decks and boardwalks, as well as in the Nature Center where I learned more in an hour than all of my science classes growing up could ever teach. If you're into camping, there is also a campground and a store onsite with facilities, and all the daily necessities. Don't miss out on 2,500 acres of pure peace and tranquility. At only $5 per adult to get in, the experience was absolutely priceless and I can't wait to go back.
Beautiful park. You do have to pay a fee to enter, but remember this fee goes to conservation efforts. Unfortunately we didn't see any alligators the day we went, but they are there. The beach was beautiful and clean. Nice trails. Worth the $$.
This is a wonderful place! Not only do you get to experience a beautiful Atlantic beach, but there are both salt water and fresh water wetlands to explore. If you're really lucky, you might spot a rare bird or even an alligator. I highly recommend this!
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