Huntington Beach State Park

Myrtle Beach, South Carolina

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A day hike through freshwater and saltwater marshes, pristine sandy beaches, and maritime forests in one of the state's most generous bird habitats. Huntington Beach State Park is a relatively secluded and well-preserved 2,500-acre jewel tucked into South Carolina’s otherwise highly developed Grand Strand coastal area. It is the largest expanse of undeveloped beach with easy public access along the state’s upper coast. The Sandpiper Pond Trail provides you with a pleasant journey through layers of coastal ecosystems. From the parking lot for the salt marsh boardwalk, begin by strolling out on the boardwalk, over spartina grass and black pluffmud laced with oysters, to an observation deck midway along, and then beyond to the pier abutting Oaks Creek.

Huntington Beach State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A day hike through freshwater and saltwater marshes, pristine sandy beaches, and maritime forests in one of the state's most generous bird habitats. Huntington Beach State Park is a relatively secluded and well-preserved 2,500-acre jewel tucked into South Carolina’s otherwise highly developed Grand Strand coastal area.

It is the largest expanse of undeveloped beach with easy public access along the state’s upper coast. The Sandpiper Pond Trail provides you with a pleasant journey through layers of coastal ecosystems. From the parking lot for the salt marsh boardwalk, begin by strolling out on the boardwalk, over spartina grass and black pluffmud laced with oysters, to an observation deck midway along, and then beyond to the pier abutting Oaks Creek."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Myrtle Beach
Distance: 8.7
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day hike
Season: Year-round.
Local Contacts: Huntington Beach State Park, Murrells Inlet, SC 29576; (843) 237-4440
Local Maps: Brochure available at entrance station. Brookgreen and Magnolia Beach USGS quads
Driving Directions: Directions to Huntington Beach State Park

Recent Trail Reviews

2/11/2007
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The trail is not well marked; however, it was enjoyable finding parts of the trail in the forested area near the beach and walking on the beach for the unclear areas.


7/13/2005
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The boardwalk over the salt marsh was damaged by a wind storm in February, and is currently closed. The nature trail would be a nice walk if you remember insect repellent. I did not and had to turn back a half mile in. My kids loved the crabs on the beach, and we saw a small aligator on the jetty. Several aligators were also visible from the road across the salt marsh as you enter.



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May 2018