17 May Huntington Beach State Park & BWA
Explore the Great Outdoors at Huntington Beach State Park
Going on vacation doesn’t have to break the bank, especially if you’re headed to the Myrtle Beach area. There are tons of budget-friendly activities to enjoy, whether you want to stick your toes in the sand or grab a quick lunch without draining your wallet. If you’re looking to spend as much time in nature as possible, consider spending a day at Huntington Beach State Park, located in nearby Murrells Inlet.
Huntington Beach State Park is a popular attraction for locals and visitors alike, and it’s not hard to understand why. There are incredible marshes to explore, along with stretches of quiet, undeveloped beach where you can escape the hustle and bustle of the city.
Here, you’ll find 2,500 acres of park to discover. Keep your eyes peeled for the hundreds of bird species that enter the park all year! Enjoy programming from knowledgeable nature lovers, check out the historical sites, or sit back and relax with the breeze in your hair. Best of all, admission is just $8 for adults and free for kids 5 and under.
Huntington Beach State Park is located at 16148 Ocean Highway in Murrells Inlet. The park is open from 6 a.m. to 6 p.m. daily, but when Daylight Saving Time is in effect, the park remains open until 10 p.m. every night.
Things to Do
When you arrive at Huntington Beach State Park, the possibilities are endless! If it’s your first time to the park, Park Manager Brenda Magers recommends parking toward the end of the causeway and walking up and down both sides to get the best view of the marsh. Continue your nature walk by strolling down the three miles of beach!
If you want a bit more of an adventure, you can access several hiking trails throughout the park. The Kerrigan Trail spans just a quarter mile, making it an easy journey for hikers of all ages and skill levels. Make your way out onto the boardwalks to get incredible views of the local wildlife in the marsh and the saltwater lagoon.
Speaking of wildlife, this State Park has plenty of it. In fact, it is widely considered one of the Southeast’s best birding sites! In addition to birds, you can also find creatures like alligators, loggerhead sea turtles, and minks.
While you’re at the Park, don’t forget to stop into the Nature Center to check out the interactive exhibits and get more information about the Park as a whole.
More Nearby Activities
Huntington Beach State Park is one of the most popular destinations in Murrells Inlet, but this little coastal town has so much more to offer. Enjoy a slow afternoon strolling through Brookgreen Gardens or book a Myrtle Beach eco-tour with Blue Wave Adventures. At Blue Wave, we take pride in offering family-friendly tours filled with interesting local trivia, beautiful views, and the chance to see dolphins in their natural habitats! Contact the team at Blue Wave Adventures today to learn more!