Don’t confuse this campground with Hunting Island (many people do). Although expensive, the sites here are very generous in size. Sites on the outside of the loop have more privacy (sites 1-33 have trees behind them for even more privacy).
The restrooms and showers are clean.
There are multiple access points to a very walkable or runnable beach. No bike rentals on-site but there is a local bike shop that will deliver to your site. Tours of Atalaya available plus other programs (although we didn’t take advantage of these). There is a large store with many souvenirs along with general necessities. If you order three or more bundles of firewood, they will deliver to your site.
It would have been nice to have a utility sink to wash dishes in as there are in other state parks. Also, like all other South Carolina state parks, alcohol is prohibited.
Although I usually take many photos at our campgrounds, for some reason, I didn't here!
Do not miss saying hi to the wildlife on your way in. The egrets, herons, and gators are a beautiful sight heading to the camp sites and beaches. Great photo opportunities at Atalaya.
DEFINITELY reserve one of the walk-in sites, I think there are only 6 or 7 sites available. All the sites are a very short walk from the car, easy to carry gear into the sites. My husband and I have been twice, and have loved it each time. Super close to walking on the beach, and each primitive site has a container where you can store your food away from unwanted pests. Sites are dog friendly and fires are allowed. The walk-in sites were recently renovated in the past year, lads are flat with small gravel pebbles, and each pad (16 by 16 feet) is raised off the ground about a half a foot or a foot. Great place for biking and short hikes also. Staff at the park are friendly. Best thing is that you can reserve the site you want in advance so no worries about showing up with no availability. Alligators are around- but we’ve never seen any around the campsites. They usually hang out in the marshlands that surround the campground. Really fun place to go, highly recommend!
kayak swim and relax. Big sites far enough from myrtle to not be crowded
Really nice campground with easy access to the Atalaya Castle (great photo ops here.) There is a nice nature center, walking trails with views of the wetlands/marshes so lots of opportunities to see wildlife. Just across the street from brookgreem gardens too, which you need to check out for a beautiful outing!
By far, Huntington Beach State Park in Murrells Inlet, SC is one of thee best beach campgrounds the east coast has to offer. Be sure to reserve a site on the South end, it just opened in April 2018. Concrete pads, FHU, WiFi and the beach is just steps away from your door. The older section is still of high quality outdoorsy things to do. Do not miss this gem!
This is a great state park with an absolutely beautiful beach. Dogs are allowed year round. However we stayed in the new south campground and did not love it. Sites are very close together and about 5 of them have an ugly electric grid right on your site. Check with park to make sure you are not booking one. Also the full hook up is outrageously expensive. The beach access is going to be great once they get it open from the new campground. Bathhouse is really nice. If you stay in this campground the sites on the beach side are much nicer. The sites across the road are angled for constant sunlight even with canopy. Not good in the summer. I will go again but I will be in the older campground!
We went to Waccamaw NWR for birding and it was nice to camp along the ocean. There’s a castle on site too. The site is all very open though there are some shady places. Lots of stuff to do on site, this was one of the best campgrounds I’ve seen. Really great SC experience.
I grew up in Myrtle Beach and camped here in the primitive camping on many occasions. I've done this with groups and also alone. It is absolutely spectacular. During the off-season you'll have the place to yourself. During the summer months, it's busy during the day but quiet at night.
Tips- Take a bike and go out riding late at night. The alligators will lay on the road at night and you can ride right by them. Once night falls, take your sleeping mat or cot down to the beach and sleep there. Be sure to visit the castle during the day.
I've also camped out in the normal tent sites with family. Still a pretty awesome spot to stay, but not as secluded as the primitive camping.