Huntington Beach State Park is a gorgeous destination located in Georgetown County on the Grand Strand near Myrtle Beach. Murrells Inlet is the exact location of the park, which offers guests everything from fishing and hiking, to camping and boating. The Huntington Beach State Park campgrounds are a very alluring destination for families and groups who are looking for a beautiful nature preserve in which to enjoy an awesome outdoors vacation.
Huntington Beach State Park attractions include three miles of pristine beaches, the Atalaya Castle (winter home of American sculptor Anna Hyatt Huntington), an expansive freshwater lagoon, a salt marsh, and a maritime forest. The Brookgreen Gardens are located right next door, so combined with all of the attractions within the state park, there is more than enough for anyone to do in a week. Whether you want to take tours and spend time exploring all of the nearly 2,500 acres, or simply relax on the beach and work on your tan, you are sure to enjoy your time at Huntington Beach State Park.
One of the newest Huntington Beach State Park attractions is the bike trail that spans from Huntington to Litchfield Beach. You can bike, jog, or rollerblade the trails which run along the coastline. The hiking trails are amazing and allow guests of the state park to get a peak at a wide variety of different species along the way. There have been over 300 species recorded within Huntington Beach State Park and the grounds are considered one of the best spots in the entire south for bird watching. Throughout the state park, there are a number of observation decks and lookout points where you will be able to witness the marshes, beaches, and lagoon in all of their beauty.
Although there are plenty of Myrtle Beach hotels around the area, it is the Huntington Beach State Park campgrounds that remain the most popular option for accommodations. Camping is a great way to enjoy all of the attractions of the park to the fullest. There is nothing quite like waking up and walking just a few steps to the ocean. You can pitch a tent, use the public facilities for grilling and showering, watch the sun set every day, and do it all without spending a lot of money relaxing on some of the most beautiful beaches on the eastern seaboard. You can also rent a picnic shelter for around 30 dollars a day for group gatherings. If they are not all rented, you can use them on a first come, first serve basis.
Fishing, boating, hiking, and birdwatching are all also popular pastimes at Huntington Beach State Park. You can rent boats or bring in your own kayaks or canoes. Many people simply take advantage of the fact that they can stay on these gorgeous beaches that are quite often very private and tranquil. This is not a beach that is highly affected by the tourist influx of the spring and summer months, although attendance is obviously up during these times. There is a fee for beach use, but it is modest and kids under 6 get in for free. Besides the Huntington Beach State Park Campgrounds, you will also find a range of hotels, condos, and other accommodations in the area. Other Huntington Beach State Park attractions include nearby nightlife destinations, restaurants, and clubs.
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