Huntington Beach State Park

16148 Ocean Highway
Murrells Inlet, SC - 29576

Type: Beaches, Parks
(843) 237-4440

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Huntington Beach State Park, located in Murrells Inlet, South Carolina, is a beautiful coastal park known for its pristine beaches, diverse wildlife, and rich history. Covering over 2,500 acres, the park offers a variety of recreational activities, making it a popular destination for nature enthusiasts, beachgoers, and history buffs alike. The park is named after Anna Hyatt Huntington and her husband, Archer Milton Huntington, who were instrumental in its development and also founded the nearby Brookgreen Gardens.

One of the main attractions of Huntington Beach State Park is its stunning stretch of sandy beach, which provides a perfect setting for swimming, sunbathing, and beachcombing. The park's coastline is less crowded than other nearby beaches, offering a more tranquil and natural experience. In addition to its beautiful beach, the park is renowned for its salt marshes and freshwater lagoons, which are teeming with wildlife. Birdwatchers will find the park particularly appealing, as it is one of the best birding sites in South Carolina, home to species such as egrets, herons, and ospreys. The park also has several nature trails, including the Sandpiper Pond Nature Trail and the Kerrigan Nature Trail, which provide opportunities to explore its diverse habitats.

A significant historical feature of the park is Atalaya Castle, the former winter home of the Huntingtons. Built in the 1930s, this Moorish-style castle is now a National Historic Landmark and open to the public for tours. Visitors can explore the unique architecture and learn about the Huntingtons' contributions to the arts and conservation. Huntington Beach State Park also offers educational programs, ranger-led tours, and special events throughout the year, enhancing the visitor experience.

The park operates year-round, with peak visitation during the summer months. Amenities include picnic shelters, a campground with both tent and RV sites, and a nature center that provides information about the park's ecology and history. Whether you're interested in relaxing on the beach, exploring natural trails, or delving into local history, Huntington Beach State Park offers a rich and varied experience for all visitors.

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