Just minutes south of Myrtle Beach’s bustling city center, Huntington Beach Camping 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.
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
We had a great time. The site has a lot of raccoons that obviously have been fed too often so keep everything stored away pretty good.
Away from a lot of the hustle of the Myrtle Beach area surrounded by marsh/inlet on one side and beach on other. Good bit of sites but spaced enough to not feel too crowded. Lots of fun exploring the ruins or nature or just catching some waves.
LOVE this campground/beach. Only downfall was the bugs. Read a longer review with photos on the link. https://imaginecamper.com/2018/02/22/huntington-beach-state-park/
Very sizable campground with great beach access, trails and marsh area. Bring your bikes to truly enjoy the environment.
Stayed in the primitive tent area. Be sure to bring your bug spray in the summer. Nice facilities,ample privacy, very nice staff and park store. The castle ghost tour is a lot of fun. Excellent beach that was not very crowded. We had a close encounter with an alligator ,that was very neat. Plenty to do inside the park so no need to leave and fight the terrible traffic just outside that area. Would definitely stay here again.
Be advised that the park just added a new section called North Beach. Sadly, somebody got greedy as the sights look like a parking lot and the electric boxes are large and right in the middle of the site. They are all full- service sites at $60 per night. So sad when they had the opportunity to do something great!