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Huntington Beach State Park Professional Review and Guide
"Campers come to Huntington Beach for a variety of reasons. Many enjoy the beach and other natural aspects of this 2,500-acre preserve in a fast-developing coast. Others relax in the campground after seeking activities outside the park. Either way, they enjoy this getaway, one of the limited public-beach camping locales in South Carolina. This one has the added benefit—or detraction, depending on how you look at it—of being 16 miles from the heart of Myrtle Beach."
--Johnny Molloy, The Best In Tent Camping: The Carolinas (Menasha Ridge Press).
We were at Huntington Beach on one of the coldest weekends of the year and I think that kept away any crowds so keep that in mind if you plan to go on Memorial Day weekend as it may be different then. This park is a gem. It is very wooded and right on the coast. There is a huge expanse of pristine beach that you get to by a short trail from the campground. The tent sites are tucked away in the woods and are spacious and fairly private. I was at first disappointed in the amount of trash littering the woods (hence only 4 stars), but soon found out that the raccoons here are bolder and craftier than those I've experienced in other camping areas. Our neighbors lost their entire cooler (the little beasts dragged it halfway to the beach)! The tent sites are close enough to the ocean that the sound of the waves lulls you to sleep. The trails in the park are easy hikes and in the warmer months you will definitely have the chance to see alligators. The causeway leading to the campground has a saltwater marsh on one side and a freshwater pond on the other. I am not a birder, but if you are into that, this is the place to be. At the north end of the park there is a long walkable jetty that takes you out well past the waves. Huntington Beach is a beautiful and fun place and we will definitely return.
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