Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet

(4.7/5 based on 1,200+ reviews on the web)
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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  • As an annual pass holder, we like going to Hunnington because we can take Maxwell, our King Charles Spaniel. Good access with bathrooms close by. Can be crowded during peak season but off season is gr...  more »
  • Made my first visit to this state park today, with temps in the high 60s in January. Long story short -- I loved it and recommend checking it out. We got there early, before 11:00 AM, which made enter...  more »
  • mercifully - after 3.5 miles of walking, a clean bathroom and a snack bar for refreshments--- if you prefer to drive into this lovely state park, the fee is nominal and camping is available for modest...  more »
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  • Great place for wildlife and scenery. Very convenient. Avoid holidays here; super crowded; parking is nearly impossible and cannot handle the crowds during holiday. Campground seemed nice too but didn't stay there. Convenient to have facilities but they're beach facilities, don't expect cleanliness. South Beach access is nice and not too long of a walk. North Beach access is significantly less parking and a lengthy walk from parking to beach. Sand rinse stations are very handy. Look for the gator around the causeway; he's sneaky but usually there! Also fun to take marsh boardwalk; can see a lot of wildlife (crabs, fish, etc.)!
  • 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.
  • Best Beach in the Myrtle Beach vicinity. Escape the tourists and enjoy this excellent state park. Nature Trails, excellent Bird Watching, and clean beaches that are not crowded. Worth the drive, less than a half hour from Myrtle or Pawley's Island
  • We just returned from a week's stay at HBST. The Good:The campground is nice, clean and well maintained. There are lots of things to do from inside the park. The beach is amazing and not crowded. The Bad: MOSQUITOES!! The mosquitoes are TERRIBLE! One of my favorite things to do while camping is drinking coffee outside in the morning. I didn't get to do that one single day while on vacation. After buying citronella candles, a thermacell and deep woods off, the mosquitoes were still terrible! The other bad thing were the infestation of ants. We have had ants before while camping, but these things were in every area of our travel trailer. NOTHING we did would keep them at bay. A few bugs here and there don't bother me, but swarms of various creepy crawlies do.
  • 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 $$.