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.
We loved this camp site. Alligators and all!
I grew up near here, and Huntington Beach was our go to spot for primitive camping and a place to escape the tourists.
You can do full hook up or primitive camping here. I've done both with church groups, the family, and solo.
This is a pretty awesome place with no shortage of things to do…
- a castle to explore
- the beach
- a walk to the fishing jettys
- go flounder gigging
- alligator watching
- and more
And, I saved the best for last…if you go out walking late at night, you can catch the big gators warming themselves on the road by moonlight. Just don't get too close. They're pretty fast.
Great beach. Castle to explore on site. Beautiful scenery. Great bike trails.
Very spacious, lots of trees, and close to the beach.
Best beach camping I've had! Lots of shade at the walk-in tent sites. The sites are secluded with bear/animal proof food storage at each site. Of course raccoons are about everywhere, but the nature is so friendly at this campground. A little birdy built a nest in our beach towels one night. The park rangers were helpful (for that situation) so that's cool. We camped during a tropical depression with no flooding. 8 straight hours of hard rain. Great great park.
Huntington Beach SP is a wonderful campground in Murrells Inlet, SC. The nature center at this park recently was struck by lightning and all was lost. They are in the process of recovering from that but I would highly recommend doing what you can to visit this SP. Very nice campsites, conveniently located minutes from the ocean! Lots of birds and other wildlife all around too. Clean, friendly and welcoming. Great hiking as well!
Went during off season and it was great! Loved being so close to the beach and to the hustle and bustle of the town! My dog was also welcomed with open arms which I really appreciated! We got to see the turtles meander to the sea in the morning, the sites were pretty spacious and like I said- we had the place to ourselves!
site: large. lots of bugs. some shaded sites. space between. amenities: clean. busy. attractions: beach. wildlife. hiking. I would visit here again.
Talk about a popular campground! cWe arrived late in the day hoping to camp, but the campground was full, which is understandable since it was the busy season. The sites looked spacious. We did spend some time at the beach which was not very busy in comparison to how busy the campground was.