Just minutes south of Myrtle Beach’s bustling city center, Huntington Beach State Park is a star attraction on South Carolina’s Grand Strand. Within the park’s 2500 acres near Murrells Inlet, you’ll find a freshwater lake, salt marshes, and three miles of pristine beach. Once the property of Anna Hyatt and Archer Huntington, the land was leased to the state upon their deaths for use as a public park. Their former residence, Atalaya Castle, was designated a National Historic Landmark in 1984. Huntington Beach is known as one of the best birding locations in the state, with more than 300 species identified within the park.
For camping in the state park, visitors have access to 180 campsites that provide full or partial hookups (30- and 50-amp). Six of these sites are ADA accessible. There is also a small, designated tent camping area on the north end of the park, with six walk-in sites available, but you can also pitch your tent at any of the standard sites. Amenities in the camp areas include restroom and shower facilities, picnic shelters and complimentary wifi. Dogs are welcome in the park, however they need to remain leashed, and are not permitted on some parts of the beach. Campsite rates range from $17–$62/night.
There’s plenty to see and do while visiting Huntington Beach. Get acquainted with the park by roaming some of the 2.5 miles of nature trails and boardwalk paths among windswept salt marshes and one of the last old-growth maritime forests on the Atlantic coast. Get a copy of the park’s bird checklist and see how many species you can spot as you’re exploring. The park also offers seasonal interpretive programs and guided alligator tours. Additional park activities include geocaching and surf fishing. In September, the Atalaya hosts is annual Arts and Crafts Festival, which showcases local artisan crafts, foods and music.
We stayed in June it was very hot and humid in the campground and the trails to the beach were infested with huge mosquitos. But once it opened up to the beach it was awesome. It rained a lot and the north campground we stayed in flooded and pretty much stayed underwater that entire week. Next time we will stay in the smaller south campground with full hookups.
The primitive group campsites have been recently improved with a new access trail (crushed gravel), new posts dividing each campsite and new food boxes. The group camping is located near the boardwalk access to the beach. Camp in the shade of the woods while listening to the ocean waves.
You are a sand dune away from the ocean, you pass over a causeway to get to the SP and Campground. There are alligators on both sides of the causeway, multiple birds lurking and flying in and out along the causeway with viewing places. The campground is very nice, most sites have NO sewer sites but they have water and electric. There are a few sites with sewer sites and there is, of course, a sewer dump station. The beach is gorgeous and LONG!!! You are not far from Myrtle Beach, from Georgetown and about 2 hours away from Charleston SC. Great place.
5$ entry fee per adult, however it kinda guarantees you a great spot on the beach. Plenty of room for parking. Campsites close to the beach. Plenty of even sites and hookups.
There are only 6 tent sites at this RV friendly park. We stayed in site 4 and had a cut through to the beach. Site 2 also could access the shortcut, but other sites had a slightly farther walk. Going before the bugs come out is a must. Potable water on site and a short walk to bath houses. Beach is absolutely breathtaking and not crowded.
We also went on a night hike to the beach and saw so many stars!
No long hiking trails to speak of, but a few short walks through forest and an interpretive trail are available.
Tent sites are close together. There is little visual or auditory privacy.
Raccoons are abundant and the park has provided lockers for all food. We didn’t have any problems, but neighbors who didn’t store food properly did.
Camp site is situated on a pad that I assume is set up that way for flooding, but it made the campsite feel cramped, even though there were 2-4 feet of cleared space around the raised pad before the tree line.
There is so much to do in this park and in the Murrell's Inlet area. Also, the beach is gorgeous! We had a great time riding bikes over to the causeway and watching the alligators cross the road to feed at low tide and all of the birds wading around - even a roseate spoonbill. It was incredible! Also, there are lots of bars, restaurants and stores nearby that are on the water. We were in the newer South Campground and all of the facilities were really nice. However, the sites were a little close together and there aren't many trees on this side of the campground. The only downside was the poor internet. We had a hard time getting anything to work! We couldn't even take calls from inside our RV. We hear the other side of the park has a little better service. Still a great week at the beach with lots to offer in the area and the park.
Loved this park! There are several tours that would be gegeat to go but we didn't have enough time to get to them. We stayed in the rustic tent sites which I wouldn't recommend. 1. You have a bit of a hike in. #2 Raccoon bothered us while we were eating and he wasn't a bit timid. 3. Ants got in my car with all the doors shut and windows up and made an ant pile on the racks on top of my car overnight. Way more rustic then what I was hoping for. We were much closer to the beach though than the other sites so could here the ocean from our site.
This campground has great staff, is clean, has history and beautiful! It’s right on the beach and private. Raccoons are the only problem at night
Great campground! The kids really loved walking the trails and viewing all of the wildlife! Gators galore, along with plenty of waterfowl especially. Roomy sites, very clean facilities, plenty of shade. A little tricky walking to/from the ocean, but manageable. We will be vck, for sure.
this is where my daughter wanted to go when she finished college. big sites close enough to myrtle to do to tourist sites then back to a nice beach and quiet campground